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Ridgewood Village Council Zoom Teleconference Meeting Hijacked by Porn

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Ridgewood NJ, so the Village Council joined the digital age and used the ZOOM app to conduct the Village Council meeting .   What could possible go wrong with that? They quickly learned that the digital age comes at a price , someone hacked into the ZOOM meeting and started showing porn . Yuup the Village may never recover .

According to the FBI ,hackers have been hijacking video conferences and online classrooms on the popular software Zoom.  In a press release on March 30th ,the FBI warned :

As large numbers of people turn to video-teleconferencing (VTC) platforms to stay connected in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, reports of VTC hijacking (also called “Zoom-bombing”) are emerging nationwide. The FBI has received multiple reports of conferences being disrupted by pornographic and/or hate images and threatening language.

Within the FBI Boston Division’s area of responsibility (AOR), which includes Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island, two schools in Massachusetts reported the following incidents:

In late March 2020, a Massachusetts-based high school reported that while a teacher was conducting an online class using the teleconferencing software Zoom, an unidentified individual(s) dialed into the classroom. This individual yelled a profanity and then shouted the teacher’s home address in the middle of instruction.
A second Massachusetts-based school reported a Zoom meeting being accessed by an unidentified individual. In this incident, the individual was visible on the video camera and displayed swastika tattoos.

As individuals continue the transition to online lessons and meetings, the FBI recommends exercising due diligence and caution in your cybersecurity efforts. The following steps can be taken to mitigate teleconference hijacking threats:

Do not make meetings or classrooms public. In Zoom, there are two options to make a meeting private: require a meeting password or use the waiting room feature and control the admittance of guests.
Do not share a link to a teleconference or classroom on an unrestricted publicly available social media post. Provide the link directly to specific people.
Manage screensharing options. In Zoom, change screensharing to “Host Only.”
Ensure users are using the updated version of remote access/meeting applications. In January 2020, Zoom updated their software. In their security update, the teleconference software provider added passwords by default for meetings and disabled the ability to randomly scan for meetings to join.
Lastly, ensure that your organization’s telework policy or guide addresses requirements for physical and information security.

If you were a victim of a teleconference hijacking, or any cyber-crime for that matter, report it to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at ic3.gov. Additionally, if you receive a specific threat during a teleconference, please report it to us at tips.fbi.gov or call the FBI Boston Division at (857) 386-2000.

9 thoughts on “Ridgewood Village Council Zoom Teleconference Meeting Hijacked by Porn

  1. Hilarious….Paulie’s revenge

  2. Was it Paul and Gwenn?

  3. RW is run by a bunch of incompetent buffoons who are ripe for manipulation and exploitation by bad actors (including but not limited to real estate, political and financial).

  4. Reminds me of this movie the The Ref” The small town police recorded a movie (Its a wonderful life) over evidence of a crime being committed. lol

  5. Parking garage facade looks good….

  6. I am an experienced enough user of Zoom to know that it doesn’t just get “hijacked” in this way. However, I do know that if one of the users uses it for viewing live pornography, the user’s profile can easily be accidentally (or deliberately) be switched so that everyone else on the video call can see it.

    Believe me, someone on that call uses Zoom for porn, probably on Village time.

  7. AH

    a turd in the pool
    ..

    Everybody out of the VC Pool !!
    Cant make this stuff up

    Robertas got to be lovin this

  8. It was probably one of those low tier village employee in their mother’s basement while getting paid.

  9. Says it all

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