CAIR-NY Condemns Racist Hackers Who Infiltrated Esopus City Council’s Zoom Meeting; Welcomes NY AG’s investigation into zoom security practices
(NEW YORK, NY, Mar 31, 2020) – The New York Chapter of the United States-Islamic Relations Council (CAIR-NY), the country’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy group, today condemned the actions of hackers who infiltrated a video meeting of the Esopus Town Board and were hateful. CAIR-NY also welcomes the New York Attorney General’s investigation into Zoom’s privacy practices and security issues.
On Monday, the Esopus city council’s zoom video conference was interrupted by a group of hackers who took screenshots of hate group websites and Facebook pages and hated jokes with phrases such as “hate all n-rs”.
See: Hackers kidnap video of Esopus Town Board meeting, rant racially
In response to concerns about Zoom’s privacy and data collection, the New York Attorney General announced yesterday that her office will investigate the security measures Zoom has taken to address increasing traffic on its networks and to detect and block hackers .
See: New York Attorney General Examines Zoom’s Privacy Practices
In a statement, CAIR-NY executive director Afaf Nasher, Esq .:
“Over the past few weeks, we have seen and condemned various acts of racism and hate – some directly and others tangentially related to the coronavirus – that were represented by organized groups as well as individuals. Times of crisis have always led to increasing marginalization of minority groups and the ability of hateful groups to take advantage of instability. We urge everyone to be vigilant and take the necessary precautions to protect themselves and their communities from virtual hatred and violence.
“CAIR-NY strongly supports the investigation into Zoom’s security and data protection practices by New York Attorney General James. Zoom and other remote work companies are committed to protecting the privacy and privacy of their consumers. New Yorkers must be able to do so to use these tools without compromising their data security. “
Nasher urged the participants in the video conference and advised them to take precautions such as: B. Restrict access to your conference by using the required passwords to increase the security of your meetings.
To report a hate crime or prejudice / discrimination to the Attorney General, New Yorkers can call the AG’s hotline at 1-800-771-7755 or email [email protected].
New Yorkers are encouraged to report CAIR-NY to 646-665-7599 or online under any biased or discriminatory incident or hate crime www.cair-ny.org/incident-report.
CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, improve understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
The Misión de CAIR es Proteger Las Libertades Civiles, Mejorar La Comprensión del Islam, Promover La Justicia, and Empoderar A Los Musulmanes En Los Estados Unidos.
CONTACT: Ahmed Mohamed, CAIR-NY Litigation Director, 6
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