WHAT IS ZOOM-BOMBING?
Zoom is the video conferencing platform HCC uses to host remote classes and other meetings with students and guests. Zoom-bombing is a form of Internet trolling during which uninvited individuals disrupt Zoom meetings by sharing their screens to bombard real attendees with disturbing or distracting content. Most attacks take advantage of publicly available Zoom links.
HCC has gone to great lengths to ensure that all Zoom sessions are set up using the latest security features provided by the company. Unfortunately, HCC acknowledges that intruders may attack a Zoom session even if the host has taken all recommended precautions.
In the unfortunate event a Zoom-bombing incident occurs, the college recognizes that there can be an emotional impact when someone is a victim of online abuse. Online imagery that shows offensive pornagraphic material or targets a community is offensive and can be traumatizing. The impact on victims of sexual violence, assault, or descrimination may be re-traumatizing. The college also recognizes that having to recount and describe a traumatic incident, especially indecent imagery, can be triggering and emotionally difficult.
The HCC community can be assured that a sensitive and caring trauma informed approach will be the priority during any potential investigation and outreach. For more information, please review our Zoom Guide on the Staff Resources page, in the IT Resources section.