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Meeting about Indiana’s primary hit with masturbation Zoombomb

Probably not what they expected would happen during an election meeting.

Apr 17, 2020, 3:03 pm*

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Andrew Wyrich 

Andrew Wyrich

A virtual meeting of the Indiana Election Commission had an unexpected hiccup on Friday after it was Zoombombed with an image of someone masturbating.

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The meeting, which was hosted on the now-extremely popular web conferencing software Zoom, was about details of Indiana's rescheduled primary election.

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However, just as it was starting, the meeting was Zoombombed with an image of someone masturbating. Zoombombing is when hackers jump into a Zoom conference uninvited and typically share pornographic or racist images.

Many schools—because they have shifted to online learning because of the coronavirus—have reported classes being Zoombombed.

Several reporters noted the Zoombombing on Twitter.

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NWI.com, a local news source, reported that the image had a logo in the corner that resembled one from a popular porn website. The image was visible for around one minute before it was taken down, according to the news source. The chair of the meeting called it "sufficiently disturbing."

As Zoom has risen in popularity, a swath of privacy and security concerns have been raised. Advocacy groups have flagged issues ranging from bugs being found in the software that could potentially expose users' passwords to its misleading claims about end-to-end encryption.

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Both advocacy groups and lawmakers have urged the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate the company.

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*First Published: Apr 17, 2020, 2:59 pm