‘Alcohol Is So Good’: Internet Trolls Hack Alcohol Anonymous Zoom Video Conferencing and Tormented Recovering Addicts During The Pandemic
- Internet trolls have anonymized hackers Anonymous video conference calling screaming insults and members about the taste of alcohol
- AA meeting for NY Inter-Group Association was hacked several times this week
- Hackers have breached Zoom calls from schools, AA and business calls
- A disturbing YouTube channel has several Zoom trolling videos and hackers flashing bottles of Jack Daniels at an AA meeting
- Some trolls have gathered in hordes of forums on 4chan and Discord to organize such Zoom harassment campaigns
- The FBI issued a warning about Zoom hacking on Monday after video conferences from several schools were interrupted by intruders
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Internet trolls have hacked several anonymous video conferences for alcoholics, scolding insults, misogynistic comments, and mocking members about the taste of alcohol.
The AA meeting for the New York Inter-Group Association, the regional arm of the national organization, last week met remotely using the Zoom software to hold video conferences in light of the coronavirus lock, which prohibits large gatherings.
At Tuesday’s meeting, members suddenly heard a man’s voice intervene and anti-Semitic insults and insensitive references to bragging drinks shouted, “Alcohol is soooo good,” a group participant said. Business insider.
Internet trolls have hacked several anonymous video conference meetings of alcoholics, shouting insults, misogyny and reviling members about how good alcohol tastes. A file image of people using the Zoom video conference software above
The intruder ruined the meeting, prompting participants to opt out of the video conference.
The meeting organizers quickly mute the troll and remove them from the meeting.
However, the Zoom hacking incident is not a lonely incident.
Digital break-ins at Zoom meetings are taking place across the country as much of the country is locked down and forced to resort to online video conferencing to communicate.
All trolls have to do is search the internet for links to video conferences and participate in the calls to launch their mocking harassment.
The hacking of New York Intergroup AA meetings took place a few times this week, prompting the organization to publish guidelines for members to establish special security settings to prevent trolls from entering.
The FBI issued a warning about Zoom hacking on Monday after video conferences from several schools were interrupted by intruders
A disturbing YouTube channel has several Zoom trolling videos, in which hackers flash bottles of Jack Daniels at an AA meeting. That video was later removed, according to PCMag.
Hacking support groups like AA is not only a nuisance, it also violates privacy.
The FBI issued a warning about Zoom hacking on Monday after video conferences from several schools were interrupted by intruders.
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Some trolls have gathered in hordes of forums on 4chan and Discord to organize such Zoom harassment campaigns.
Zoom said the company is “deeply upset to hear about the incidents involving attacks like this.”
For those hosting large public group meetings, we strongly encourage hosts to review their settings and confirm that only the host can share their screen. For those hosting private meetings, password protection is turned on by default and we recommend that users keep that protection to prevent uninvited users from participating, “said a Zoom spokesperson.