Porn Zoom bomb forces cancellation of Fed’s Waller event

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Porn Zoom bomb forces cancellation of Fed’s Waller event

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On Thursday, a virtual event with Federal Reserve Zoom Governor Christopher Waller had to be canceled due to inappropriate images displayed by one participant during the Zoom video conference.

“We were the victims of teleconference or Zoom hijacking and are trying to figure out how best to prevent it from ever occurring again,” said Brent Tjarks, executive director of Mid-Size Bank Coalition of America (MBCA), which hosted the event via Zoom link. “Throughout all our programs and processes this has never happened to us before.”

He suspected one of the security switches which mutes those watching an event was set incorrectly, though he wasn’t certain of the specifics. After consulting with the Federal Reserve Zoom, they decided to cancel after discovering the intrusion.

According to a Reuters reporter on the call, minutes before the event commenced, someone using the screen name “Dan” began displaying graphic, pornographic images.

Minutes before the event commenced, Reuters reporter on the call noticed someone using the screen name “Dan” displaying graphic and pornographic images. Unfortunately, organizers did not muffle microphones or video when he joined.

At one point, over 220 participants were on the Zoom call.

Due to the disruptions, Zoom implemented major upgrades including end-to-end encryption for video calls.

Fed events are usually carefully choreographed and security is tight. The MBCA’s 100 members range from banks with $10 billion to $100 billion in assets.

“We were the victim of a teleconference or Zoom hijacking and we are currently exploring what steps can be taken to prevent this from occurring again. It is an incident we deeply regret,” said Brent Tjarks, executive director of Mid-Size Bank Coalition of America (MBCA), which hosted the event via Zoom link. “Across all our programs this has never happened to us before.”

“We are deeply disturbed to hear about these types of incidents, and Zoom strongly condemns such behavior,” Zoom spokesman Matt Nagel stated. “We take meeting disruptions very seriously and work closely with law enforcement authorities when necessary.”

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