Virtual meeting by South African MPs hacked with pornography
London, May 7, 2020 (AltAfrica)-South African lawmakers were left embarrassed and shocked after a virtual committee meeting held over Zoom was hacked.
The meeting was part of Parliament’s programming committee and was being chaired by National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise.
The meeting was interrupted with pornographic images shown and the speaker, Thandi Modise who about to chair the meeting, verbally abused.
A leading South African news website, IOL reports that MPs were greeted with the offensive images as they started joining the Zoom meeting on Thursday morning.
Disguised voices then hurled racial insults at Modise and asked her to show her breasts
Left frustrated, the outraged speaker screamed her objection to virtual meetings saying “This is exactly what I said about Zoom!”
Many of the MPs have described the incident as “sick” and “disturbing” as the speaker adjourned the meeting.
She was however determined for the meeting to take place so asked technicians to fix the problem which they did by creating a new link where MPs then joined in.
This is not the first time South African government officials are reporting of their Zoom meeting being hacked.
Last month, a meeting by minister for Women, Youth and Persons with Disability Maite Nokoana-Mashabane was also hacked by pornographers.
Zoom continues to battle with security weaknesses that allow for meetings held using the technology platform to be hacked.