CAMDEN, NJ — With many of the meetings ordinarily held in person relegated to video conferences because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Camden County Prosecutor's Office is warning of a trend that has recently sprung up: "Zoom Bombing."
Specifically, it is the practice of an unknown party entering a virtual meeting to post inappropriate and or highly offensive content, such as pornography, racial slurs, or profanity.
“Many of these virtual ‘bombings’ have occurred during religious meetings or video church services — a place where people have a right to feel safe," said Acting Camden County Prosecutor Jill Mayer on Thursday. "No one should have to witness these awful messages or videos, so we want to make sure people and organizations know how to prevent this from happening to them.”
Meeting hosts, as part of tips released by the New Jersey Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Cell, have are encouraged to instill such practices as try to avoid sharing a meeting ID widely online.
"If you want to openly share a meeting, detectives said avoid posting the link on social media and instead ask interested parties to email or register by a certain point," the prosecutor's office said in an announcement. "Once the meeting is underway, hosts can lock it, preventing anyone else from joining once the meeting begins."
Hosts are also encouraged to use a waiting room prior to the meeting starting to deter would-be frauds and require a password to enter the meeting in the first place — only sharing said password with invited guests.
Anyone that believes they were a victim of virtual meeting “bombing" in Camden County is encouraged to report it here.