The Hartford Courant reports:
A Madison teenager has been arrested and charged with computer crimes after “Zoom bombing” online classes held through Daniel Hand High School. Madison Public Schools recently turned to the popular virtual video conferencing software Zoom to conduct classes online while students study from home during the coronavirus pandemic, but teachers immediately fell victim to what has become known as Zoom bombing — when an unwanted guest joins a Zoom video call specifically to disrupt and wreak havoc on the meeting.
On several occasions, a teenager joined the high school’s online classes and intentionally disrupted them with “obscene language and gestures,” according to Capt. Joseph Race. “We have decided to suspend use of Zoom for whole group instruction until the district can have more assurance that Zoom has addressed security concerns,” Madison Superintendent Tom Scarice wrote in a note to parents Tuesday.
White supremacists are zoom bombing everything from academic workshops to yoga classes, and most recently a panel discussion on mental health for people of color.
There is an evolution of white supremacy happening right now and we need to be vigilant and mindful of its impact.
— Laura Hoge, LCSW, LCADC (@LauraHoge) April 3, 2020
Effective April 5, we are enabling passwords and virtual waiting rooms by default for our Free Basic and Single Pro users. We strongly encourage all users to implement passwords for all of their meetings … https://t.co/IdPhboBTnt via @verge
— Zoom (@zoom_us) April 4, 2020
The internet is now rife with places where you can organize Zoom-bombing raids
– more than 30 Discord channels
– 3 subreddits (2 banned now)
– Twitter accounts
– Loads of hacking forums threads for exchanging Zoom conference codes and other scanning tipshttps://t.co/3hcwzy3HeF pic.twitter.com/74zzhldE2o
— Catalin Cimpanu (@campuscodi) April 2, 2020
“Zoombombing,” in which someone hijacks a video call and posts hate speech or offensive images, is happening more as meetings move online.
Zoombombers have disrupted an AA meeting, Sunday school, online classes, a doctoral dissertation, and more.https://t.co/zqHl1zMMk4
— NPR (@NPR) April 3, 2020
A surge in Zoom-bombing, or uninvited guests disrupting video conferences, is raising questions about how to prevent extremist attacks and ensure safety amid the coronavirus outbreak. https://t.co/gDhYyAuRn4
— The Associated Press (@AP) April 7, 2020
People are posting TikToks of Zoombombing high school classes. pic.twitter.com/yw2daWIKum
— Ben Goggin (@BenjaminGoggin) April 2, 2020