How authorities investigate cyber threats

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Harrisburg Police say a social media threat shut down schools within the Harrisburg School District today.

Officials say the school district is working with police and information will be released as it becomes verified and available.

FOX43 contacted Pennsylvania State Police and a cyber security instructor to learn how these cases are investigated.

Officials say the investigations require time, manpower, and money, and every threat must be taken seriously.

When a cyber threat is directed towards a school, Pennsylvania State Police say there’s two things law enforcement must find out.

“Our goal is to find the legitimacy of the threat and who is making them,” said Corporal Adam Reed, communication with Pennsylvania State Police.

Corporal Reed says every threat is taken seriously. Once an investigation starts, he says law enforcement must decide if State Police should intervene or if the investigation demands federal attention, such as the

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