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2 students at a N.J. high school charged with jamming school's Wi-Fi to avoid exams



SECAUCUS – If only a couple of students have put this sort of ingenuity into their classwork, they may not have been charged. successfully crashed the school's Wi-Fi network on multiple occasions to get out of taking exams, authorities said Monday. [14659002] Two 14-year-old boys were charged with computer criminal activity and conspiracy to commit computer criminal activity after school officials notified police on Thursday. "Our Wi-Fi connection was compromised over the past week," Schools Superintendent Jennifer Montesano said Monday. “The system has been restored and is now fully operational.” Montesano didn't provide additional details regarding the incident, but added an investigation found two students “who may have been involved in the disruption of our system.” [1

9659002] Since much of the school's curriculum is internet-based, the lack of Wi-Fi connection disrupted by the students' daily assignments. It is believed that the two boys took requests from other students to bring down the network.

Students interviewed Monday afternoon, believe the boys used a Wi-Fi interrupter program, or an app, to send so much traffic to the routers that the system would crash, which ultimately caused connection failures when students tried to log on, computers.

"One day we were supposed to be doing work on our Chromebooks, but we had no activity to do in class because of the Wi-Fi shutdown," said Diego, at 10th degree at the 634 high school student on Millridge Road. "Interrupted the whole class, unfortunately."

Alyandra, 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.

"He was doing it out of tests and stuff like that," Alyandra said as she stood surrounded by classmates after school Monday. “(One of the boys) was doing so too (his friend), so she wouldn't have to take a test during the class. It was a big prank, really.

Some students said they were kids with age were able to pull off such a stunt.

said to have something like this, "said Jayleen, a 10th degree. Sounding more like a parent than a student, she joked" Kids these days and the internet. "

Jayleen said arresting the two boys seemed a little heavy-handed "They are messing with people's education, but they aren't harming anyone."

"I think it was dumb for them to do it," Diego said. "If you don't want to be in a test, you're going to have to deal with it because he wasn't the only one who wasn't going to take that test. It was a whole class."

Aya Elamroussi may be reached at aelamroussi@jjournal.com . Follow her on Twitter @aya_elamroussi . Find The Jersey Journal on Facebook .


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