An Internet Network Named Janet Is Ruining Students’ Lives
Students at several universities across the UK are currently experiencing additional, unwanted stress close to their deadlines because of a sustained cyber attack on their university networks. Universities such as Oxford, MMU and Aberdeen, among many others, who use a publicly funded academic network, named Janet, have been faced with severely disrupted internet access since Monday morning, caused by a DDoS (Distributed Denial-Of-Service) attack which overloads the server with too many requests.
The attack has affected connectivity to many online academic services, such as Turnitin.com, raising fears among students that they might miss their deadlines.
Not able to use Google during my prof assessment because of this #janet DDOS, definitely going to fail
— Aiden MacLeod (@AidenMacLeod) December 8, 2015
Although there is some, intermittent internet access, it appears to be limited to websites that aren’t really synonymous with completing university assignments.
JANET network getting DDOS'ed, again.. The only external websites you can really get on are Facebook and Youtube,… https://t.co/MqvAXfdLgX
— Luke Autograff (@LukeAutograff) December 8, 2015
— Victoria Stafford (@ToriaStafford) December 8, 2015
Naturally, students are pretty angry about this.
Whoever is behind the DDos attack on the university Janet network- kindly fuck off. We've got submissions to deal with and this isn't helpin
— Niranjan Suresh (@niru_suresh) December 8, 2015
This JANET DDOS thing is really fucking up my day people
— Alan McNally (@alanmcn1) December 8, 2015
I really don't see what anyone is gaining with DDoS attacks on #JANET apart from making my life more difficult!
— Neil (@ndb69) December 8, 2015
#janet is making my life a misery today. Cow
— Dan McSkimming (@DanMcSkim) December 8, 2015
Many are questioning why anyone would even bother attacking an academic network.
Who attacks JANET? Like, seriously?(!)
— Duncan (@duncang) December 8, 2015
Why would anyone DDOS Janet?!
— Ross Dargan (@RossDargan) December 8, 2015
Off all the things to carry out a DDoS on; Janet…
— Jacob (@MrMontgomeryMan) December 8, 2015
What is the point in this DDOS on JANET. People have Deadlines to meet.
— Ben Wardle (@06wardleb) December 8, 2015
Staff are also suffering the consequences.
Owing to Janet Network issues today I had to print off an email for a colleague. PRINT OFF AN EMAIL! Madness.
— Rob Frank (@theebadcrusader) December 8, 2015
JANET is still being DDoS'ed. So that's fun at work…
— DOOMalomalom ( ಠ_ಠ ) (@Domalomalom) December 8, 2015
Some students suspect that the attack was caused by someone who was hoping for a bit more time to complete their work.
Let me guess: someone probably DDOS attacked UK unis so they could get an extension on their coursework #JANET
— Ryan (@ryancpwhite) December 8, 2015
I think someone is DDoS-ing janet so they don't have to submit their work 😂
— Ed Adams (@EddAdamss) December 8, 2015
And, in some cases, deadlines have already been extended because of the disruption.
Someone has been DDoSing JANET (UK University Internet) so our deadlines have been extended o/
— Greenpencil (@GreenpencilLP) December 8, 2015
For everyone else though, this student sums it up pretty well:
— Madison (@madisonhall_) December 8, 2015