Hacker breaks into Collier County NAACP meeting, uses racial slurs and shows pornography

A hacker broke into a Collier County NAACP meeting and not only used racial slurs but also showed pornography, according to the Collier County Sheriff’s Office.

Now, Sheriff Kevin Ramobsk has launched an investigation into the hack.

And the FBI is investigating the hack that happened during a Zoom meeting between the NAACP and Collier County Sheriff’s Office.

We spoke to the NAACP in Collier County Friday, and leaders told us they are shocked, appalled and amazed that this had to happen during something meant to be peaceful.

WINK News’ Safety & Security Specialist tells us Zoom hacks happen quite often.

Almost 100 people were on the call when the racial slur and pornography showed up on screen.

The NAACP says it feels like this shows no progress has been made. And CCSO called the attack highly offensive.

Kolko says, in the past few months, this type of hack has happened often.

“I think what it is is a hacker was able to take advantage of one or two different things,” Kolko said. “They got a hold of the invitation number or a hold of something on the screen.”

There are many ways to prevent this from happening.

“As a host, you can control who entered the meeting,” Kolko said. “And it might take a lot of time if there is a lot of people who enter the meeting, but that is the number one thing to do for security.”

Kolko says the smaller your meeting is the less chances of it getting hacked.

Sheriff Rambosk opened an investigation immediately after disconnecting from the hacked meeting and contacted the FBI to determine if a federal crime has been committed.

For now, the NAACP says it was hurt by the things that were shown and seen on the call but will continue to fight for what they believe in.

“There is certainly more danger because of the protests and because of [COVID-19] that hackers are looking for any opportunity,” Kolko said.

We’ve reported before on vulnerabilities with Zoom and other online meeting sites. The FBI calls it “Zoom bombing.”

Sharing the meeting invitation around means people unauthorized may join the meeting.

LINK: FBI Warns of Teleconferencing and Online Classroom Hijacking During COVID-19 Pandemic

Also, if the meeting is shown on social media, hackers may figure out how to join.

Reporter:Rich Kolko
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