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14 Apr, 2020 17:32

'Zoom-bombed': National swimming organization red-faced after X-RATED content broadcast during FAMILY online workout session

'Zoom-bombed': National swimming organization red-faced after X-RATED content broadcast during FAMILY online workout session

Scottish Swimming has apologized after an online session aimed at providing workout tips for families during coronavirus lockdown was hijacked by online trolls who played x-rated content to an audience of around 300 people.

The video stream, which was broadcast live on the live broadcasting service Zoom, was intended to provide tips for people looking to exercise remotely and was co-ordinated by Scottish Swimming, the country's national body for the sport.

It featured a host of the Scotland's top swimmers but organizers were forced to pull the plug when the feed was hacked and what was later referred to as "disturbing content" was played to a shocked audience.

"Scottish Swimming sincerely apologises for the incident that happened this morning (Tuesday 14 April) during an organised Zoom event, where the aquatics community were invited to work out alongside our performance athlete," a statement read.

"At the end of last week we shared information about the workout across our social media platforms, asking those interested in participating to log into a link that was shared publicly this morning.

"Unfortunately the link was ‘Zoom-bombed’ with disturbing content shared with circa 300 people that had signed in to the event."

Scottish Swimming say they are ordering a full review into the incident and have contacted the relevant authorities, including Scotland's cyber-crime unit.

Commonwealth champion Duncan Scott was one of those who was asked to contribute to the event and later revealed his disgust at the incident on social media.

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Olympic medalist Aimee Wilmott also revealed her disappointment, saying: "Sorry to everyone involved! There are some awful people in the world, who do some disturbing things, who ruined what was set to be a fun workout!"

Zoom has become increasingly popular during the coronavirus lockdown period in many countries across the world but has drawn criticism from tech gurus for its lack of security and the relative ease in which unwanted parties can hack into another person's session.