Students hack school system to avoid exam

The incident happened in Secaucus High School, New Jersey. -Pix from Google

By Huzraifah Atikah

Have you ever watched a movie where a bunch of students try hacking into a school system and not getting caught?

Well, if you think this kind of thing only happens in movies, you may be wrong. 

Recently, two students from a school in New Jersey, United States were caught for disabling their high school’s Wi-Fi system. Police said they did it to get out of exams.

According to CBS New York, the two 14-year-old boys were arrested for hacking into the school’s Wi-Fi, making it impossible for teachers to give any tests or teach any lessons that relied on the internet.

Teachers were left frustrated as students couldn’t take tests or even take notes.

"I saw them and I asked them about it and they just … they thought it was funny because they didn’t want to go to school,” another student said.

The hacking scandal was confirmed by the Secaucus High School superintendent Jennifer Montesano. 

“Our Wi-Fi connection was compromised over the past week. We have determined that two students may have been involved in the disruption of our system," she said.

The incident happened at the end of March and they were caught not long after that.

Police said both of them had allegedly used an app attack on the school’s routers to jam the system. 

However, it is also possible that they paid someone else to help them launch a DDoS (Denial-of-service) attack on the school’s Wi-Fi system.

The students were arrested for computer criminal activity and conspiracy to commit computer criminal activity but were eventually released to their parents. 

It is unclear how these two boys got caught but for other students, exams are going on as normal as the school’s Wi-Fi quickly recovered from the hiccup.