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Lubbock High student facing charges for disrupting LISD Internet

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LISD Representative Nancy Sharp LISD Representative Nancy Sharp

A student at Lubbock High faces criminal charges for causing a cyber attack that took down the district's Internet service.

LISD Representative Nancy Sharp says it happened in September.

The district is not identifying the student, but Sharp says they probably thought it was a prank, only affecting one campus, but, it actually kept all campuses from getting online for a few days.

According to Sharp, the student paid someone to jam the district's system with "junk" information, making their Internet unusable.

"This is not something that someone just sitting at a home computer could do. It takes networks and lots and lots of megabytes of information to be able to jam a pipe as big as ours."

Sharp says the district spent $41,000 on a new service to protect them from this type of attack in the future.

The investigation continues, and Sharp says the FBI has been notified.

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