Cyberattack hits Hanover Area High School, National Guard’s cyber division moves in to assist

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WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — The PA National Guard Cyber Division will be at Hanover Area Junior Senior High School all week trying to get to the bottom of a cyber issue the school had last week.

The network was repeatedly dropping out and interrupting virtual learning.

A band-aid was put on the issue for now, but the National Guard is there to detect and comb through any issues they can find.

“So much traffic was coming into the network that it just pretty much shut down the network and I think they were receiving attacks every 27 minutes where their network was just dropping so it was affecting kids trying to get online to go into their virtual classrooms and basically any kind of traffic being passed across the network was stopped for a period of time,” Major Christine Pierce, Defensive Cyber Operations Element Team Chief, Pennsylvania Army National Guard.

So far, it does not appear there has been a security breach.

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