SHOCK! South African MPs’ Zoom meeting hacked with porn

South African MPs' Zoom meeting hacked with porn
Speaker Thandi Modise said she had never been a fan of holding meetings via Zoom. Credit: Getty Images
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Summary: South African MPs’ Zoom meeting hacked with porn, Speaker abused

Zoom meeting hacked: A virtual meeting of South African lawmakers was on Thursday disrupted by hackers who flooded the video call with pornographic images.

The virtual video meeting held by the parliamentary committee was hacked and left the speaker abused

As the meeting was set to begin, Members of Parliament (MPs), who had joined the virtual meeting early morning, were greeted with images of pornography.

In the incident on Thursday, the hackers also hurled racial and sexual insults at the meeting’s chairwoman, Thandi Modise, who is the speaker of the Parliament.

South Africa’s parliament is closed and all its meetings are currently held by video conference calls as the country remains under strict lockdown restrictions to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

The outraged speaker exclaimed that this was why she opposed virtual meetings.

“This is exactly what I said about Zoom!” Ms Modise is quoted as saying by Times Live website.

MPs described the incident as “sick” and “disturbing”, news website Eyewitness News reports.

MPs expressed their disgust at the images that appeared and the meeting was halted by Modise as she called on technicians to help sort out the hacking incident.

However, the parliamentary meeting later continued with a different link set up by ICT technicians.

This was not the first meeting of Parliament hosted virtually that fell victim to a hacking incident.

Infact, last month a meeting chaired by the Minister of Women, Youth and Persons Disabilities Maite Nkoana-Mashabane was also hacked with pornographic images being shown to MPs and other viewers.

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Zoom has been facing criticism internationally as a result of reports of hackers who disrupt meetings by posting offensive content.

Zomb-bombing, or the hacking of Zoom calls, has been frequent in recent weeks as new users join the platform amid the battle against the spread of COVID-19 and the cancellations of public meetings and events.

Following growing concerns around hacking incidents, it was reported that Zoom was looking at boosting its security on the platform in an attempt to curb the rising incidents of hacking on the platform.

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