Cyberattack Disrupts West Virginia Public Education Network

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WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) -- Authorities are investigating a cyberattack that briefly disrupted a state public education network.

Department of Education chief technology officer Sterling Beane tells media outlets that the denial-of-service attack caused a 20-minute disruption of the network's computing services last week.

Denial-of-service attacks flood sites with traffic, making them temporarily unreachable.

Ohio County school board President Shane Mallett tells The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register (http://bit.ly/1GlIf5t ) that the source of the attack was a computer lab at Wheeling Park High School.

Beane says authorities don't know whether a student initiated the attack. There was no attempt to steal information.

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Information from: The Intelligencer, http://www.theintelligencer.net