High school students charged with hacking into school computers

- Seven high school students were charged in an Iredell County campus computer breach.

On Tuesday, September 1, Iredell Statesville School System reported to the sheriff's office they has been hacked. The school believed the suspects were students at the school. The ISS IT Department quickly stopped the breach with a new password and additional security procedures, according to police.

Police and school officials quickly discovered the suspects. During the investigation ddetective found out that at least one student was able to use his school issued laptop to access the administrative password and take advantage of the password.

Police say the student was able to access other student's computers while on campus. Other students were given the administrative password. The suspects were able to manipulate files on their computers and activate the webcams on other student's computer while on campus, according to police.

At this time it appears no personal student data, testing materials, or grades have been affected, according to detectives. 

The students were suspended from school and each charged with one count of accessing computers without authorization by the Iredell County Sheriff's Office. Juvenile petitions were filed on the two juvenile offenders. The others involved were arrested on September 24 and 25th and released to their parents. Their court dates are schedule for November 10, 2015.

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