Church-goers are appalled when "jokes" hacked their Zoom meeting with gay porn and Nazi flags while a voice repeatedly shouted "Motherf ***** s" asking them to "convert to Islam".
- Members of the Diocese of Worcester have been exposed to a deluge of offensive content
- They were repeatedly yelled at and flagged with Nazi flags during a Zoom call
- The diocese apologized to the parishioners and has now increased their online security
Church parishioners were left ashamed after a group of hoaxes invaded their Zoom meeting before being bombarded with videos of gay porn and pictures of Nazi flags.
During their conference, members of the Diocese of Worcester were exposed to a barrage of offensive content while a voice called out "mother" repeatedly.
They were also asked to convert to Islam before images appeared on their screen of four men engaging in a sex act.
In a video posted on YouTube that has since been removed, older Church members reacted in horror when their conference was crashed by the hackers on September 21.
Members of the Diocese of Worcester were shamed after a group of hackers infiltrated their Zoom meeting and exposed them to a deluge of abusive content
The diocese has apologized to parishioners who have witnessed the "unpleasant and disturbing" content and stated that they have now stepped up their online security measures.
A spokesperson said: “We are currently holding a series of meetings on Zoom to allow people from our churches in Worcestershire and Dudley to participate in the future plans for our diocese.
“Anyone can take part, and although we keep a list, we don't always know everyone who has signed up.
& # 39; Unfortunately, at our meeting on Monday, several people were admitted who shared abusive and disruptive content both on their profile pictures and on the chat line.
“We removed a number of people immediately, but one went undetected, so we decided to end the meeting.
& # 39; As a result, we have increased our security and changed our processes and are confident that all future meetings can take place without further problems.
“We held a meeting on Tuesday evening without any problems.
Since the lockdown began earlier this year, the number of zoom bombs has increased. (Picture from a picture agency)
“We apologized to everyone who was there on Monday and given the opportunity to speak to a member of our protection team if anyone was concerned about what they saw.
& # 39; Many of those present have already registered for a future appointment.
"It wasn't very comfortable for either of us who was there, but we are confident that we have minimized the risk of recurrence."
The number of zoom bombs has increased since the lockdown forced companies to use the video conferencing app as more employees worked from home.
The hacking method is a type of cyber harassment in which a person or group of undesirable and uninvited users interrupts online meetings.
This disorder occurs when intruders bring down gatherings – sometimes for malicious purposes, e.g. B. to share pornographic or hate images or to shout offensive language.
To avoid interruptions, meeting attendees must use a passcode to attend a meeting.
An additional protective function is the waiting room, in which the host must accept participants.
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