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Dance teacher ‘Zoombombed’ with racial taunts. Here’s what happened

A dance teacher in Detroit suffered from a ‘Zoom-bomb’ while hosting a dance class

Zoom has recently been adopted by many houses of worship for video conferencing and streaming worship services.
Zoom has recently been adopted by many houses of worship for video conferencing and streaming worship services.
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A dance teacher in Detroit is the latest person to be attacked over Zoom, as two people joined her virtual lesson and taunted her with racist remarks, according to the Detroit Free Press.

What happened:

  • Joori Jung kicked off her Zoom dance class with stretches. About 10 minutes into the lesson, two people joined the chat who she didn’t know. The two people then began to hurl racist insults at her, according to the Detroit Free Press.
  • Jung jumped up from her pose and walked over to her computer.
  • The Detroit Free Press said: “In the time it took Jung to work the technology — less than one minute — both male crashers are heard spewing out taunts using faux foreign accents. One asked Jung, who is from Korea, why she gave him the coronavirus.”

Why it matters

  • “Zoombombing” has been happening across the country as many American workers have shifted to using the service Zoom for work meetings and teleconferences, as I wrote about for the Deseret News.
  • Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, workplaces and schools have all been hacked by Zoombombers, who will jump into meetings to share not-safe-for-work material, including pornographic material, with everyone in the chat.
  • Joseph Steinberg, a cybersecurity expert on emerging tech, told the Deseret News that adding a password to your work meeting could make all the difference.
  • He said, “You’ve got to understand that it’s the equivalent of hosting an event in, you know, in a normal time, in a restaurant saying anybody who wants can come and posting it online. So if you want to avoid Zoombombing, you’ve got to password-protect the session. Period.”