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Two teenagers accused of twenty bomb threats through digital workspaces

The crimes affected several educational centers in France, particularly in Mulhouse, Lille and Créteil.

Published on 09/18/2023 23:20

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The Two Teenagers Hacked The Digital Workspace (Ent) Accounts Of Around Sixty Students To Spread Bomb And Attack Threats.  (Jakub Porzycki / Nurphoto / Afp)

Two teenagers from the Bordeaux area were charged on Saturday, suspected of having hacked students’ digital workspaces to spread bomb threats in different schools in France, the Paris prosecutor’s office announced on Monday, September 18.

Born in 2008, they hacked the digital workspace (ENT) accounts of around sixty students to spread bomb and attack threats, according to the prosecution.

The cybercrime unit of the Paris prosecutor’s office was intervened on June 24 and investigations were entrusted to the Central Office to combat crimes related to information and communication technologies. In total, 27 incidents of bomb threats and attacks have come to light in various educational centers in France, particularly in Mulhouse, Lille and Créteil.

Placed under judicial supervision

The two teens were arrested and taken into custody Thursday, according to prosecutors. Their computers were seized during searches of their homes, she added. At the end of their police detention, they were charged on Saturday with threats to kill or dangerously destroy people, attacks on an automated data processing system in an organized group and dissemination of false information. They were placed under judicial supervision.

In early February, three teenagers aged 14, 15 and 17, from Gironde, Val-de-Marne and Bouches-du-Rhône, were accused of having distributed threatening messages after hacking otorhinolaryngologists in early January. Fifteen establishments had to be evacuated.

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