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Hackers disrupt MPs’ Zoom meeting post P0RN0GRAPHIC material




Hackers disrupt MPs’ Zoom meeting post P0RN0GRAPHIC material. The Zoom platform had poor sound quality, with some legislators failing to participate on the first day and could not be allocated limited places in the House. Legislators on the podium could not be heard and were invisible as no cameras would focus on them.

The House of Assembly’s inaugural virtual sitting that started on Tuesday and continued yesterday was blighted by technical glitches. On the first day, those using tablets and sitting outside the chamber could not be connected, although the problem was fixed the following day. Journalists were not spared as only four were allowed in the Press gallery as the Parliament administration took preventive measures to reduce the risk of spreading Covid-19.

On Tuesday, legislators who were not in the chamber, who included Matabeleland South MP Ms Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga and Magunje MP Cde Cecil Kashiri (Zanu PF), protested over their failure to participate after they were told that available gadgets did not allow them to participate virtually.

Several legislators who were not in the chamber could be heard interjecting, complaining that they intended to participate, but the presiding officer, Cde Tatenda Mavetera told them that the available gadgets would not allow this.

Legislators who were not in the Chamber were able to participate from their tablets, but some still struggled to participate as they did not know how to connect. In an interview yesterday, Clerk of Parliament Mr Kennedy Chokuda admitted that they experienced technical glitches, but said it was normal whenever a new system was being introduced.

“There will always be challenges with any new initiatives. It will take a bit of time for all of us to get used to using virtual means to participate in meetings as we go through a learning curve.

“We will continue to assess the situation and take the necessary corrective action to make the connections better. This is a necessary alternative that we have to use to safeguard the health of everyone,” said Mr Chokuda. The permanent secretary in the Ministry of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Munesu Munodawafa has called for the passing of a cybersecurity law to be expedited.

This comes after a virtual meeting hosted by the Meteorological Services Department National Climate Outlook Forum had to break midway for about 10 minutes after hackers posted p0rn0graphic material on the platform.

The virtual meeting is discussing the 2020/21 agricultural season forecasted weather pattern. Munodawafa said: We had to break the Zoom virtual meeting following the posting of offensive adult material during the meeting by some unidentified hackers.

The government seriously needs to expedite passage of the Cyber Security Bill. We need to create secure virtual platforms where Government business is conducted.

Source – The Herald

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