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Salt Lake police investigating after Zoom class is hacked, displays pornographic images

Nov 24, 2020, 11:54 AM | Updated: 1:13 pm
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Salt Lake City police are investigating after a middle school Zoom class was hacked with pornography. (PHOTO: CNN)
(PHOTO: CNN)

SALT LAKE CITY– Salt Lake City police are investigating after a middle school Zoom class was hacked, showing pornographic images. 

“Zoom bombing”

The alleged incident happened on Oct. 26 in a Clayton Middle School 7th and 8th-grade language arts/history class. Cops said students joined the class using a link provided to them, although an unknown individual was able to join the virtual class.

The hacker changed their Zoom background screen to pictures of pornographic male genitalia and started yelling derogatory phrases. At that time, the teacher immediately ended the session and kicked all the students out.

Authorities said the teacher then restarted the meeting and had each student request entrance individually. The teacher reportedly went through each attendee, carefully accepting each one back into the meeting.

Despite the extra precautions, the same person is believed to have somehow rejoined the class. The hacker proceeded to put up the same pornographic image and yell the same slurs.
 
The teacher reportedly ended class again and kicked everyone off the Zoom meeting. Upon starting class a third time, now with the school principal joined, an individual again displayed pornographic images and yelled slurs. 

The teacher then ended the class for the day.

Tracking the pornographic Zoom hack

Cops say the IP address used by the hacker was traced to California, although detectives remain unsure if the address was being “spoofed,” so that it appeared like it was coming from somewhere else. They said no arrests have been made at this time.

The district issued a statement Monday about the incident.

“This person posed as a student to gain admittance to the class and disrupted the lesson with pornographic images and racial slurs,” according to the district. “Because we have so many participants involved in our meetings, it may be impossible to completely eliminate the risk of unauthorized access. However, we can make sure we take every step within our power to keep our students safe during remote learning.”

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Salt Lake police investigating after Zoom class is hacked, displays pornographic images