ST. BONAVENTURE, NY — The university has completed its investigation into the racist Zoom bombing that occurred during a June 5 meeting conducted to discuss racism, inequality and the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery.
SBU has turned over its findings to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to a press release issued by the university Wednesday. The decision came after SBU’s Safety and Security Office consulted with the New York State Police Computer Crime Unit.
More than one hacker interrupted the meeting, according to the press release. The hackers posted racial slurs and drew swastikas during the 1 p.m. meeting. One of the hackers went by the name of “dan lok.”
SBU’s Associate Provost and Chief Information Officer Michael Hoffman used Zoom’s administrative console to track down the three IP addresses associated with the hackers. Hoffman also spoke with a support staffer from Zoom, who was only able to provide the dot com email addresses the hackers used, according to the press release.
SBU’s Director of Technology Infrastructure and Security Brian Kellog discovered that the offenders had a history of botnet activity and their IP addresses were linked to servers as far as India, Germany and Macedonia, according to the press release.
In a statement issued the day of the Zoom bombing, SBU President Dr. Dennis DePerro said, “I can’t express strongly enough how outraged I am by the hate speech and imagery the members of our campus community had to endure — and I’m a white man. I can’t even comprehend how people of color in that conversation must have felt, especially when they came to the conversation hoping to start the slow process of healing.
“We will make every attempt possible to identify the hackers," DePerro wrote. "If you were an employee, you’ll be terminated. If you were a student, you’ll be expelled. If it was an outsider, we will contact law enforcement."
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