Teen Arrested As “Zoom Bombing” Incidents Escalate

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.