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Police warn parents after child abuse images seen on Zoom

by Peter Smyth Tech Journalist
16th May 20 11:27 am

Wiltshire Police have issued a warning after child abuse imagery was used to hijack Zoom on calls on the video service.

Police call these incidents as Zoombombing as uninvited guests break into a video conference with offensive imagery and language.

The police confirmed there have been a number of cases in the UK and globally and confirmed they have had reports of three incidents.

The public are being urged to remain vigilant use stronger password and check security settings. Zoombombing started through a security floor within the platform allowing anyone to access a video call if they obtained an ID number or a link to it.

Gemma Vinton, Detective Inspector for the digital investigations and intelligence unit at Wiltshire Police, said, “Incidents of this nature have been reported globally as well as in the UK recently, however, we have now, unfortunately, had three reports within Wiltshire in the last week.

“These zoom-bombings have involved extremely unpleasant indecent child-abuse video footage being shown via screen sharing by a meeting participant who was not known to the organisers of the video conferences.

“The meetings were publicised on social media with limited security settings so we’re urging individuals and businesses alike to remain vigilant and ensure settings are fixed correctly to prevent future occurrences.”

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