A US congressman says that miscreants have managed to disrupt a Zoom meeting held at the highest levels of the US government, despite warnings against using the software.
The event took place on April 3, according to a letter sent to the House Oversight Committee chairwoman by Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio).
"[I]n spite of the warnings by the FBI and media outlets, on April 3, 2020, you held a Zoom-hosted Member briefing on women's rights in Afghanistan with the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR)," Jordan wrote.
"During this important briefing, the session was 'Zoom-bombed' at least three times," Jordan said.
Zoom-bombing is a new term coined this past month, during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, when the use of the Zoom teleconferencing service has skyrocketed.
It refers to pranksters who connect to Zoom meetings to disrupt proceedings by hurling insults, playing pornographic material, or making death threats against other participants.
"Given the concerns surrounding Zoom's security, it is clear Zoom is not an appropriate platform for Committee business, which may be particularly sensitive during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please immediately suspend any current or future use of Zoom systems for official committee activities and take immediate steps to evaluate the Committee's internal cybersecurity preparedness to prevent hackers from accessing sensitive committee information through the Zoom platform."
Besides the FBI and the US Senate, the US Department of Defense had also warned staffers against using Zoom, citing the same security issues and the danger from Zoom-bombing and unauthorized access to Zoom meetings.