September 30, 2020

Alabama agency’s meeting disrupted as hackers show porn, profanity on screens

The Alabama Public Charter Commission’s virtual meeting was shut down on Thursday after hackers displayed pornographic images, wrote profanity and made references to Hitler.

The incident happened nearly 20 minutes after the Zoom meeting began, AL.com reported. Hackers also played music and showed images of Shrek, the animated character.

A new link was then sent to commissioners so they could resume the meeting.

Students from a Birmingham school, who were participating in a presentation, were in the meeting before the incident happened. The newspaper reports those students had left the meeting by the time hackers started showing the images.

The commission, an independent state agency that authorizes public charter schools, was set to vote on four charter school applications at the meeting.