MCINTOSH COUNTY, Ga. – Accoridng to News4JAX, with much of the country under stay-at-home orders, tens of millions of Americans are turning to video teleconferencing to stay connected during the coronavirus pandemic.
But that dependence on software including Zoom has left people open to attack from people online who crash meetings and hijack them by posting obscene material. No one is immune, not even government officials.
One of the latest incidents happened Tuesday during a McIntosh County Commission meeting. Ten people were on the call when attackers bombarded them with sexually explicit images.
“The meeting was completely taken over from someone who hacked in and was displaying pornographic photographs,” McIntosh County Attorney Adam Poppell told News4Jax.
The county has notified law enforcement about Tuesday evening’s incident, but officials are taking steps to prevent future meetings from falling victim to similar attacks.
Poppell said the intruders struck about 20 minutes into the call.
“The screens were locked,” he recalled. “The chairman finally just had to shut down the system entirely to make it go away.”
Poppell said it was the board’s second Zoom meeting to discuss approving contracts. He said this is the first time the board has been targeted, despite holding several other Zoom meetings.
“Everyone was just aghast,” the county attorney said. “I think we were shocked and everyone immediately turned off their computer screens.