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Oregon Library's Online Quiz 'Zoombombed' With Child Pornography

A library in Oregon which was hosting an online quiz had its Zoom video call hacked by someone playing child pornography to the horror of dozens of players.

The Lake Oswego Public Library has been providing a number of online services ever since it was forced to close because of the coronavirus.

On April 30, the library was hosting a quiz using Zoom, the video conferencing app which has seen a huge surge in popularity amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

As first reported by the Lake Oswego Review, someone gained access into the call using a fake name "Lindsay" as the room was not protected by a password.

The intruder then began playing a video showing child abuse, which was available to be seen by around 40 other people on the Zoom call taking part in the quiz.

The video was played for a few seconds before the user was removed from the call by library staff.

"I don't even have the words. It's just awful [and] horrifying—just the fact that our folks would be violated in this way," Library Director Melissa Kelly told the Lake Oswego Review. "I'm just so sorry that it happened."

Resident Katy McShane was one of those who saw the offending video while taking part in the quiz.

"It was horrifying," McShane said. "I just wanted to throw up ... especially in a time like this where everything is horrible, everything is really heavy and really hard, and this was the closest thing we could get to an innocent escape where we could all just enjoy something nice with our community. And to have that be terrorized, it ... felt so violating and awful."

The library also apologized for the intrusion on social media.

"We're very sorry this incident occurred. But we are going forward with Pub(lic Library) Trivia Night under more secure conditions," the library tweeted.

The Lake Oswego Public Library confirmed that they will be using a more secure meeting video conferencing platform this week called Cisco Webex Meetings for their online activities.

"Thank you for your patience as we try to make the virtual library events a safer experience for all involved," a statement on the website added.

The Lake Oswego Police have been contacted for comment.

In a statement to Newsweek, Zoom said: "This incident is truly devastating and appalling, and our user policies explicitly prohibit any obscene, indecent, illegal or violent activity or content on the platform. We are looking into this specific incident to ensure the appropriate action is taken.

"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."

Zoom previously announced a series of security updates aiming to prevent people from hijacking videos, otherwise known as "zoombombing."

The company also said hosts will be able to report other users using a dedicated security icon and request details such as first names and email address before they enter.

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