Zoombombing

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Zoombombing
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Thanks to these raiders, teaching students will be extremely hard because of them.
Nickname: Zoom-raiders
Type: Toxic
Status: Active


Zoom-bombing is a way of raiding conferences or meeting calls, and this type of phrase became popularized in 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic began. In other words, Zoombombing is derived from Zoom and has been referenced in similar app calls.

Why They're Rotten

  1. First and foremost, not only does this disrupt regular remote learning calls, but this type of behavior is disruptive and there are even videos of other people raiding online classes, as seen here.
    • In additional to all of that, a teenager was arrested for this as well. No joke.[1]
  2. The people who do this contribute to literally nothing but send inappropriate content to the meetings. There was even a time that a church meeting on Zoom was hacked by people adding hate speech, porn, and/or other irrelevant content.
  3. Some of these raids are organized by actual YouTubers wanting to get a little fun, especially by this example.
  4. Most of the time, the zoombombing mostly involves insertion of material that is either lewd, obscene, homophobic (yes, you heard that correctly, homophobia is involved too), amongst other disruptive activities.
  5. Most of the Zoom calls are very easy to access due to very poor security measures that were in place, until the levels of zoombombing reached the peak, and then that's when the co-founder of Zoom stepped in with extra security measures to prevent any future Zoom raids.
    • However, with drastic measures that were taken, some of the raiders still target insecure meetings, making it extremely easy to take over calls.
  6. This type of behavior has even made Zoom users get frustrated to the point where they just give up as shown in this example, and yes, this LITERALLY happened.
  7. When these raids happen, most of the time the users who are holding these meetings frustratingly kick them out, only for it to completely backfire when it happens on most Zoom meetings.
    • And sometimes, Zoombombers get away scot-free, while the owners are left with absolutely nothing, making it very difficult to Zoom meetings to proceed without disruption.

Tips

  • Have your meetings be password-protected. This is a #1 top priority and must be maintained in order to have a safe Zoom meeting without worrying about anything bad happening.
  • Don't share Zoom links with anyone except with the people you are gonna invite for your meeting. NO exceptions.
  • Be careful of who you invite to your Zoom meetings at your discretion, as there is a chance that you could be inviting very dangerous people who are most likely going to bomb it.
  • Don't give the Zoom-raiders a reaction, and kick them out immediately if you spot them.

References

Videos

Examples of Zoombombing

News Reports about Zoombombing

Comments


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DarkMatterMan4500

12 days ago
Score 3
Honestly, fuck Zoombombers. I'm glad I made this article about Zoombombing.
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EoflaOE

12 days ago
Score 1
Thanks for making a nice article! The Zoombombers are such ruinations to Zoom meetings. I've read the whole thing.
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DarkMatterMan4500

12 days ago
Score 0
I'll keep an eye out for vandals who might attempt to target this article. I'll send a report to the Stewards if it happens.

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