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Student investigated for disrupting district network

The Idaho Statesman
May 19th, 2015

School officials are looking into allegations the student paid someone to overwhelm district computer systems

district-networkA 17-year-old Eagle High School (Idaho) student who reportedly overloaded the West Ada School District’s computer network to avoid schoolwork is in serious trouble–the kind that results in felony charges, the Ada County Sheriff’s Office reports.

School officials suspended the boy Friday and are recommending expulsion.

Eagle police, a division of ACSO, are investigating whether a student at Eagle Middle School attempted a similar attack this week, but details of that incident were not available Friday.

The Eagle High School student, whose name has not been released, reportedly paid someone to overwhelm the school district’s computer systems with traffic from multiple sources, launching a “Distributed Denial of Service” attack on the computer network for the entire school district, according to an ACSO news release.

Next page: Potential repercussions if the teen is found guilty