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Continued: Phone cyberattack shuts down Mpls. teen crisis line for a day

  • Article by: EMMA NELSON , Star Tribune
  • Last update: March 6, 2014 - 9:02 PM

Loven said he couldn’t comment on this specific incident but said victims of these attacks should try to collect as much information about the attack as possible, including time of day and how often the calls come in.

Amin said these attacks, which often center on what he described as “bullying and harassment,” represent an unfortunate side of technology.

“There is an opportunity to benefit society by advanced science and technology,” he said. “But there’s always a risk that a very small percentage of folks out there are going to abuse that.”

 

Emma Nelson is a University of Minnesota student reporter on assignment for the Star Tribune.

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  • Craig Gleason, a youth and family counselor in Minneapolis at the Bridge for Youth, took a call after the line was back in business at its regular number.

  • Bridge for Youth intern Jackie Smalley, who is getting a master’s degree in chemical dependency and mental health counseling, talked with a parent of a teen who was staying at the center Thursday.

  • If attacked: Collect information, including: • Time of day. • How often the calls come in. • The phone numbers of the calls. • Report attacks to FBI at www.ic3.gov.

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