Two Northside High School students were charged with computer trespassing this afternoon in connection with a cyber attack that disrupted Internet service for the past month within the Muscogee County School District, authorities said.
The students, whose names and ages have not been released, were charged and then released to their parents, said Valeria Fuller, a school district spokeswoman.
The students were caught in the act Wednesday as school district officials were monitoring the network.
"They were actually caught doing it," Fuller said. "They attempted to do it, and then did it again and again."
The school district’s information technology department had been searching for the source of the slowdowns since around Nov. 9, and officials finally managed to connect the dots on Wednesday, police said. The cyber attack affected the entire school district, slowing schools' Internet access.