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A former employee of an Essex County high school has agreed to plead guilty to committing a June 2023 cyberattack against his former employer, which resulted in phones being disabled for a full day and the deactivation of thousands of school accounts.

Conor LaHiff, 30, of Ayer was charged with unauthorized damage to protected computers and will appear in federal court in Boston, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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LaHiff was employed as a desktop and network manager at the Essex County school until June 2023, when he was fired, the statement said.

After he was fired, he used his administrative privileges to deactivate and delete thousands of Apple IDs from the school’s Apple School Manager account and disabled the school’s private branch phone system, which left the school’s phones unusable for 24 hours, the statement said.

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The federal crime carries a sentence of up to 10 years in prison, up to three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000.

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