WINSTON-SALEM, NC (AP) – Hackers used racist language and anti-Semitic imagery to disrupt an online meeting of Wake Forest University employees, the school director said.
In a message on the school’s website, Nathan Hatch said that about 500 Wake Forest employees had a Zoom call on Wednesday when unidentified hackers disrupted it, the Winston-Salem Journal reported Thursday.
The university’s information technology personnel are trying to trace the source of the attack, Hatch said, adding that it appears that the hackers accessed the meeting through a link that was publicly posted online and that also contains the password of the meeting contained.
“This has been a traumatizing experience for many during the call, especially for our black colleagues, and it reinforces that we all have a role to play in protecting each other and our community from those who want to impose their hatred on us,” Hatch wrote. .
Last September, a number of Wake Forest professors and associates received racist, homophobic and anti-Semitic emails calling for the clearing of ethnic minorities and LGBT students. School staff who received the emails worked in the university’s sociology and gender studies departments and in offices and centers dealing with diversity.
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