As we have quickly changed how we operate businesses, we have quickly grown to use services like Zoom, Skype, and many other video chatting platforms to continue everyday operations. While this is convenient during this time, it is also much riskier than many may have thought. Just like we have seen an increase in scam emails, we have also seen an increase in computer hackers and what some are calling “Zoombombing.”
Zoombombing is when someone obtains the virtual meeting identification information to invade a public or private meeting over the videoconferencing platform to broadcast disruptive content. A warning was posted as a press released to the Department of Justice’s website under the U.S. Attorney’s office with support from the state attorney general and the FBI.
Prosecutors say they’ll pursue charges for Zoombombing, including “disrupting a public meeting, computer intrusion, using a computer to commit a crime, hate crimes, fraud, or transmitting threatening communications.” Some of the charges include fines and possible imprisonment.
If you are under investigation or have been charged with a Zoombombing offense, you should seek representation for such offenses.
Justin Esworthy is a Maryland and Pennsylvania criminal defense lawyer. Justin handles cases in all Maryland jurisdictions and Federal Court including Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, Harford County, Carroll County, and the Eastern Shore. Justin also handles cases in York County and Adams County in Pennsylvania. Contact Justin anytime at 443-608-5515 for a free consultation about your case.