RIO RANCHO, N.M. (KRQE) – Three Rio Rancho teenagers told police they played a prank on a major company for fun. Investigators said the teens called for a global hack on a major company.
Police said Sergio Velasquez, 15, Sylvain Jones, 16, and Joshua Van Gilder, 17, organized a massive hack on Enfamil’s live chat room, one of the largest companies that makes baby formula. Investigators said it came at the risk of lives.
Rio Rancho Police said three Cleveland High School teens got the attention of federal agencies with what they did on a school computer last month.
“It could have risked somebody’s life, which is unacceptable in our eyes,” Captain Paul Rogers, of the Rio Rancho Police Department told KRQE News 13.
Investigators said the three teens organized a total shut down of the baby formula company, Enfamil’s website, from their second period Robotics’ class.
“By tying up the lines, it interrupted that communication between physicians and the company,” explained Captain Rogers.
According to a police report, the Secret Service contacted school security. Then, the FBI notified the school that if they couldn’t identify suspects, the entire school district would lose access to the internet.
The teens told police they were looking for something to do, and sent vulgar messages to Enfamil’s live chat site from a school computer. According to the a police report, they sent random messages such as “666,” “my baby has a growth,” and “download my f****** mixed tape.”
“They probably should have had better monitoring,” Jennifer Vandal told KRQE News 13. Vandal has a freshman at Cleveland High. “My kids would know what kind of trouble they would be in at home, much less what they’re getting at school. I mean that could cause a lot of problems for you know parents that have babies.”
The teens said the prank continued for a few days. When Enfamil told the teens they knew their IP address, police said Jones used his phone to access the site ‘4-chan,’ where he called for hackers to “mess with Enfamil and post results.”
Jones told police he “wanted to see if anything funny happened.” Moments later, investigators said a global hack disabled not only Enfamil’s website, but their emergency lines too.
Police said the case is still open, and may reach tens of thousands of dollars in damage, which could increase the charges. Currently, the teens are facing felony charges of computer abuse and computer access with intent to defraud.
KRQE News 13 tried to reach the teens Thursday without any luck. One of the boys told police, “we were not malicious and did not try to take down a server.”
It’s unclear what consequences they’ll face at school.