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LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. — Three students are accused of creating a laptop hack at multiple schools on Cyber Monday in southwest Florida. 

When students in Lee County opened their school’s Chromebook laptops, they saw a cryptic video that was allegedly sent out by two 10th graders and a 9th grader, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office told WBBH-TV.

A Lehigh Senior High School school resource officer was first alerted by the principal that someone hacked the district’s system, according to WWSB-TV.

Then, at about 7:30 p.m., multiple school principals also called the district’s IT department regarding the same incident happening on Chromebooks at their respective schools, WBBH-TV reports. 

The sheriff’s office reportedly said the laptops showed an anonymous character, the school district logo and a countdown clock. 

WWSB-TV says more than 8,000 students, 100 teachers and 15 district IT workers were disrupted in their “learning environment” caused by the three accused hackers. 

One student who attended Lehigh Senior High was issued a civil citation, while Fort Myers police said they plan to cite a second student at Dunbar High School, WBBH-TV reports. 

Authorities have reportedly not yet said if the third student will face a similar punishment. 

The investigation of the incident remains ongoing. 


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