Church Sues Zoom App After Hacker Streams Porn During Bible Study Session

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A church in the US, Saint Paulus Lutheran Church is suing video call app, Zoom after a hacker hacked an online Bible study session to stream porn.

The church, which is one of the oldest churches in San Francisco held a bible study session on May 6, all was going well until their computer screens were “hijacked” and “control buttons disabled” while pornographic video was streamed.

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According to a federal lawsuit filed on Wednesday on behalf of the church and its church administrator, most of the Video call attendees were senior citizens of the church.

The lawsuit says: “The footages were sick and sickening, portraying adults engaging in sexual acts with each other and performing sexual acts on infants and children, in addition to physically abusing them,”

In the lawsuit, the church administrators accuse Zoom of “prioritizing profit and revenue over data protection and user security” and are seeking damages for negligence, invasion of privacy and violations of California state consumer protection and privacy statutes among other things.

Mark Molumphy, one of the church’s lawyers, told CNN in an email statement: “The Church filed this lawsuit only after Zoom refused to take its concerns seriously,  One would think that Zoom, having been informed of the Church’s horrific experience would’ve done everything possible to acknowledge and fix the security vulnerabilities of its platform,

“Instead, the Church was basically ignored, and Zoom likely hoped that the Church would just go away. However, it is not going away, and instead, courageously stepping up to try to change Zoom’s practices and make sure this doesn’t happen again to anyone else.”

Zoom responding to the lawsuit and the church’s claims said in an email statement to CNN: “We were deeply upset to hear about this incident, and our hearts go out to those impacted by this horrific event. Words cannot express how strongly we condemn such behavior,

“On the same day we learned of this incident, we identified the offender, took action to block their access to the platform and reported them to the relevant authorities.

“We encourage users to report any incidents of this kind either to Zoom so we can take appropriate action or directly to law enforcement authorities. We also encourage all meeting hosts to take advantage of Zoom’s recently updated security features and follow other best practices, including making sure not to broadly share meeting IDs and passwords online, as appeared to be the case here,”

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