Louisville synagogue's virtual service hacked


Louisville, KY - While most in-person meetings and classes have been canceled, many schools, workplaces and places of worship have been using virtual platforms like Zoom to meet.

While video communication services like Zoom or Skype give people an opportunity to see others through their phone or computer, hackers have been entering private meetings and sharing unwanted photos or videos.

Rabbi Robert Slosberg of Congregation Adath Jeshurun said he has been using Zoom for services, classes and coffee break meetings while in-person services have been canceled. During a service last week, Slosberg said hackers took over the meeting, sharing pornographic videos and antisemitic messages.

“It was like terror, it instilled terror in all of us," Slosberg said. "I tried to remove the people but there were so many of them that they kept coming in and I didn't know what I now know about ways to protect the room."

Slosberg was able to end the meeting after about a minute. Then he spent hours working to learn about Zoom’s security settings.

Source: whas11