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Puerto Rico Education Dept. deactivates software due to ‘vulnerability’

By on August 17, 2020

Agency was using Microsoft Teams platform to give online classes

SAN JUAN — The Puerto Rico Department of Education (DE by its Spanish initials) has deactivated the use of Microsoft Teams, an online communication platform that has gained popularity during the Covid-19 pandemic, after finding a “vulnerability in the system,” agency officials said Sunday.

The department, which had widely adopted the platform for teachers to give online classes, made the announcement on social media, while its secretary, Eligio Hernández, confirmed the information to local media outlet Cybernews.

“To all school communities: tonight, technical personnel from DE detected a vulnerability in the system. Because of this, the Microsoft Teams platform has been deactivated until the situation is fixed,” the agency announced. “Our interest is to maintain the data security of our teachers, non-teaching personnel and most of all our students.”

“Teachers and support personnel must contact students and their families to look for study alternatives. Once the system is back online, the department’s chief information officer will announce it,” the agency stated, without giving specifics as to when such an announcement would take place.   

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