‘Zoom Bombed’ Online College Exam of 2 MP Students, Playing Obscene Video; stopped
BOPAL: A student and his cousin from Madhya Pradesh have been arrested for ‘bombing’ a university exam online and sharing their obscene videos to force authorities to cancel the exam, police said on Thursday.
Zoom bombing is the practice of uninvited users hijacking Zoom video calls with disturbing or distracting content, including some form of nudity.
Madhya Pradesh Cyber Cell, Additional Superintendent of Police (Addl SP) Vaibhav Shrivastava said the two, Aniket Singh, 22, and her cousin Aditya Singh, were arrested under Sections 294 (Obscene Acts and Songs) , 354 (aggression or criminal force against a woman with the intention of outraging her modesty) and 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of the CPI outside the provisions of the computer law.
Aniket is enrolled in a Bachelor of Business Administration program in college. Her cousin is preparing for the NEET medical entrance exam.
Shrivastava said the incident happened on June 3 when middle school teachers were holding an online exam. Suddenly everyone noticed a lewd video of two boys standing on a rooftop.
“The online exam had to be cancelled. Later, the principal and other female teachers at the college started receiving obscene messages on their WhatsApp,” he said.
This wasn’t the first time online college classes had been bombarded with Zoom. There had been instances of someone playing porn videos to disrupt online lessons since February, but teachers took a lenient stance.
On June 3, the teachers decided they had had enough and, together with the principal, filed a complaint with the MP’s cyber cell, Shrivastava said.
The additional director general of the police cyber cell Yogesh Deshmukh said the students were connecting to the internet via a prepaid SIM card, so it was difficult to trace them. Then, officers began to analyze the background of the videos where they exposed themselves and were able to find them. A particular shot on the roof helped officers identify the area.
A pair of slippers seen in the nude videos were also seized from them.