Seven Lake Norman High School students are charged with accessing computers of other students after one obtained the administrative password, said Iredell Sheriff Darren Campbell.
Martin J. Edmund Jr., 17; Gregory Matthew Torney, 17; Jake Donnelley Leffew, 18; Grayson Noble Baker, 16; Joshua Stephen Miller, 17; and two 14-year-old boys were charged with accessing computers without authorization, Campbell said. Baker and Miller were released to the custody of their parents and the other three, Edmund, Torney and Leffew were given $1,500 bonds.
Campbell said Iredell-Statesville Schools officials notified authorities after discovering that someone had hacked into some students’ laptops via an administrative password.
An investigation was launched and, Campbell said, detectives found one student accessed the administrative password which in turn allowed access to other students’ computers. The access was via the I-SS laptop computers issued to students, Campbell said.
That student passed along the information to six other students and they, in turn, accessed the computers of other students as well, Campbell said.
Campbell said it appears no personal data, testing or grades were accessed.
He said detectives shared information with the district attorney’s office before charges were filed.