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For Immediate release

Common Goal Systems experiencing denial of service attack

Elmhurst, IL (January 26, 2012) – Common Goal Systems, developer of the web-based programs TeacherEase and SchoolInsight, has been experiencing distributed denial of service attacks (DDoS) over the last few days. These attacks have affected website availability and caused significant downtime and discomfort for customers.

"We have been hit with 10 times the normal Internet traffic, and it overwhelmed portions of our infrastructure." says Mike Xakellis, CEO for Common Goal Systems. "We are in the process of upgrading our firewall and security equipment to handle this attack. We regularly protect our network from intrusion, but this is the first malicious attack that has affected our customers. We apologize for the inconvenience, and hope to restore system stability soon. If you would like to be informed of the current status, real time updates can be found at "

Common Goal Systems provides web-based services to help educators work more efficiently. It develops SchoolInsight (, an industry leading student information system, and TeacherEase (, one of the first web-based gradebooks. Using the Software as a Service (SaaS) model, the company offers its products via the Internet and is responsible for all system operation and maintenance. Founded in 2001, Common Goal Systems has hundreds of thousands of users worldwide.

- Common Goal Systems, Inc Press Release, January 26, 2012