News, Culture & Society

Primary school students are shown pornography during online lessons after Zoom conference was hacked

Primary school students are shown pornography during online lessons after their Zoom conference was hacked

  • Primary school students’ online lessons were hacked and pornography is shown
  • Lessons at  Emmanuel Catholic Primary School in Mackay were hacked twice
  • Families were immediately contacted and counselling is being offered 

Primary school students were subjected to explicit pornography after a hacker entered an online lesson.

Year 5 students at Emmanuel Catholic Primary School in Mackay, Queensland, were taking part in an online Zoom class when the uninvited guest joined the lesson. 

The hacker was displayed pornography on two occasions before teachers were able to shut down the online classes, Seven News reported. 

Year five students at the Emmanuel Catholic Primary School in Mackay (pictured) were shown explicit pornography after their online lessons were hacked on two separate occasions 

A spokesman for the Catholic Education Office’s Rockhampton diocese said teacher’s immediately contacted families offering counselling and support. 

The school contacted Queensland Police to report the incident.

‘The school’s security measures have been reviewed to enable future online lessons to occur,’ he said.

‘The principal of the school indicated to students, parents and teachers that every effort is being made to ensure that students can return to their online learning program.’ 

Queensland Police are investigating the incident and the source of the cyber attacks.  

Australia’s eSafety Commissioner Julie Inman Grant took aim at Zoom’s privacy policy and said the attacks had become known as ‘Zoom bombing’. 

‘We ourselves need to be mindful these things happen and try and put our settings to the highest possible security,’ she said.  

On April 22 Zoom announced new ‘robust changes’ to its security.

Zoom CEO Eric S. Yuan said the changes to the privacy policy were part of a 90-day plan to ‘proactively identify, address, and enhance the security and privacy capabilities’ of its platform.

Zoom CPO Oded Gal said every aspect of the platform was being ‘put through rigorous scrutiny’.

On April 22 Zoom announced 'robust' new measures were being taken to strengthen the platforms privacy and security

On April 22 Zoom announced ‘robust’ new measures were being taken to strengthen the platforms privacy and security 

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk