US Federal Reserve Becomes A Zoombombing Victim

I haven’t heard of this happening for a long time. But apparently a Zoom call hosted by the US Federal Reserve got Zoombombed according to Reuters:

A virtual event with Federal Reserve Governor Christopher Waller was canceled on Thursday after the Zoom video conference was “hijacked” by a participant who displayed pornographic images.

“We were a victim of a teleconference or Zoom hijacking and we are trying to understand what we need to do going forward to prevent this from ever happening again. It is an incident we deeply regret,” said Brent Tjarks, executive director of the Mid-Size Bank Coalition of America (MBCA), which hosted the event via a Zoom link. “We have had various programs and this is something that we have never had happen to us.”

He said that he suspects one of the security switches that mutes those watching an event was set incorrectly, but he was not sure of the details. The decision to cancel was made in consultation with the Fed after the intrusion.

Zoombombing was a huge problem a few years ago. But after Zoom did some changes and a lot of education, I stopped hearing about this. Thus this Zoombombing instance is a bit of a surprise to me. I for one will be very interested to find out how this happened and what they, along with Zoom are going to do to make sure that this doesn’t happen again. Because this was a high profile Zoombombing incident. Which means that this will spur other incidents in the coming days and weeks ahead.

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