- The students used an app or a WiFi interrupter program to crash the school’s WiFi on multiple occasions to avoid taking exams.
- Investigating other students about the incident revealed that the two students were taking requests from other students to bring down the school’s network.
What is the issue - To avoid taking exams and doing school work, two students at New Jersey Secaucus High School hacked the school’s WiFi network.
Worth noting - The students used an app or a WiFi interrupter program to crash the school’s WiFi on multiple occasions to avoid taking exams.
The big picture
When the two students hacked the school’s WiFi network, other students were unable to do their classwork and daily assignments on their computers as the school’s curriculum is internet-based.
“One day we were supposed to be doing work on our Chromebooks, but we had no activity whatsoever to do in class because the Wi-Fi shutdown. It interrupted the whole class, unfortunately,” said a student in the 10th grade at the 634-student high school on Millridge Road.
Investigating other students about the incident revealed that the two students were taking requests from other students to bring down the school’s network. However, it is unclear whether the students were doing it as a favor for their friends or as a paid-for service.
“A junior at Secaucus High said she learned about the Wi-Fi disruption when a friend told her she had asked one of the boys to jam the signal during an exam,” NJ.com reported.
What steps were taken by the school administration?
- Upon learning about the incident, the school notified the Secaucus police about the WiFi hack.
- The school also worked on restoring the WiFi connection back to normal operation.
“Our Wi-Fi connection was compromised over the past week. The system has been restored and is now fully operational,” Schools Superintendent Jennifer Montesano said.
Upon notification, the Secaucus police charged the two students with computer criminal activity and conspiracy to commit computer criminal activity.