Schools across New Zealand hit by bomb threats

Published on Jul 28, 2022 02:15 PM IST

Cherie Taylor-Patel, president of New Zealand's Principal's Federation, told RNZ she had spoken to the Ministry of Education, whose "understanding is that this was actually a cyberbot coming in from overseas".

Schools across New Zealand hit by bomb threats(Representative image)
Schools across New Zealand hit by bomb threats(Representative image)
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At least a dozen schools across New Zealand received bomb threats on Thursday, causing widespread disruption in what is believed to have been an overseas cyberattack.

Many of the schools involved were either locked down or evacuated as a result.

The fresh wave of threats came 24 hours after hoax calls to four New Zealand schools on Wednesday in Waikato, Thames and Gisborne on the North Island.

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Cherie Taylor-Patel, president of New Zealand's Principal's Federation, told RNZ she had spoken to the Ministry of Education, whose "understanding is that this was actually a cyberbot coming in from overseas".

New Zealand police said in a statement that they "do not believe there is a safety risk".

But authorities said they were still investigating threats to schools in Marlborough, Masterton, Kaikoura, Greymouth, Queenstown, Levin, Whanganui, Rolleston, Takaka, Geraldine, Dunstan, Ashburton and Palmerston North.

Tasman area commander Simon Feltham said they were speaking to "two young people" over a threat made against Marlborough Girls' College.

So far there are no reports of explosive devices having been found at any of the schools targeted.

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There was a similar incident in 2016 when schools across New Zealand and Australia received hoax calls that there were live bombs on the premises.

In 2018, an Israeli-American was jailed for 10 years by a court in Israel for making about 2,000 hoax threats in North America, Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Norway and Denmark.

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