Church sues Zoom after Bible study hacked with child pornography

by Peter Heck · May 14th, 2020 9:10 am

Saint Paulus Lutheran Church in San Francisco has filed a lawsuit in federal court against teleconferencing site Zoom Video Communications Inc. after a Bible study was hacked with pornography.

According to the complaint, Zoom's "utter failure in providing security" for its users resulted in a serial offender known to authorities hacking into the meeting and begin displaying obscene footage of "adults performing sexual acts with each other and on infants and on young children."

"In Saint Paulus's long history, it survived the Great Earthquake and Fire of 1906, the social and cultural turmoil of the 1960s–70s, and a 1995 fire that destroyed its 103-year-old cathedral building. Never did Saint Paulus imagine falling prey to Zoom's deceptive business practices and sex-offenders' depraved hacking during this unprecedented COVID19 pandemic," wrote the church's lawyers.

? Despite concerns over its privacy and security precautions, Zoom has become a popular platform for businesses, churches, schools, and individuals to conduct virtual meetings during the pandemic.


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