In a May 12 open letter to parents, administrators in the West Ada (Meridian) School District confirmed an incident of alleged hacking took down the school district's computer network earlier in the week, resulting in students throughout the district taking Idaho Standard Achievement Tests to lose all their work. The Ada County Sheriff's Office has confirmed a 17-year-old Eagle High School student was suspended by the district, and a criminal investigation is underway. The student allegedly paid an accomplice to take down the network, using a so-called "distributed denial of service" or DDOS attack, which clogged the network's traffic. In addition to online learning, district officials said business systems, including payroll, were compromised.
"Please talk to your students so that he or she understands the consequences of being involved in malicious online activities," district officials wrote in the letter to parents.
- Capital High School
One parent told BW, "The whole Borah senior class is in an uproar about this."
District officials say the incident is"very serious" and they're still determining what punishment, including the possibility of criminal charges, might be appropriate.