Around 60 children were subjected to footage of child sex abuse, while they were taking part in a fitness class on Zoom, on Tuesday 5 May. The Zoom call had been hacked by someone who streamed the video of the abuse into the session, in a practice known as ‘Zoombombing’. The class had been organised by a sports club in Plymouth and it is believe the hacker gained access as a result of the group’s login details having been published on public internet forums.
Devon and Cornwall police officers are working with Plymouth City Council’s social care team to identify all those who saw the footage, and may have been affected by seeing the images, so as to provide them with any advice or support, as required.
The present situation has created numerous changes to our working environment with many people working remotely from their homes, shed and garages. In addition to the need to create new arrangements and structures people are struggling with managing work, home life and home schooling.
The growth in use of video conferencing facilities and portals does however create a new concern for employers. The news in recent weeks has shown the rise in those hacking, or even just inviting themselves in to, work conferences and meetings. These intruders have either committed acts of indecency or even uploaded pornographic material (some extreme and including images of child abuse) into these work forums.