A high school junior in Florida shut down Internet access for all 145 Pinellas County schools with help from a man he met on-line.
The 17-year-old was charged with a felony computer crime and expelled.
In an interview with the Tampa Bay Times, the youth said he “instantly” regretted his actions and even tried to undo the hack.
“By the time it was done, there was no way to undo it,” he said. “If I could go back, I wouldn’t do it again.”
The teen said became “fixated” on infiltrating the school district’s network after seeing an online video showcasing the vulnerability of school networks, according to a search warrant from the St. Petersburg Police Department.
The teen said he didn’t know how seriously the hack would impact schools in the district.
He said he got assistance from an unidentified man he met in an online chat group.
His mother told the newspaper that the boy wasn’t trying to be malicious.
“By all means, it was just something like a video game to him in his head,” she said.
The teen said his dream job is to work in cybersecurity or software development, the Times reported.