Shock as online workout with Scottish swim squad hit with abusive content in “Zoom-bomb” attack


An online exercise class with Scotland’s national swim squad was invaded by “abusive content” as hundreds of adults and children joined the virtual workout during the coronavirus lockdown.

The incident happened during an event run by the country’s governing body for swimming which was hosted via the international video conferencing platform Zoom.

The event, which had around 300 attendees, offered the aquatics community the chance to train alongside the country’s top performance athletes and swim stars.

Staff at Scottish Swimming said they were “devastated” by the cyber attack and insisted the matter was being taken “very seriously”.

The organisation apologised on social media to subscribers and said the incident was being reported to police.

On Twitter Scottish Swimming posted: “Sadly our link for this morning’s Zoom workout has been compromised due to abusive content.

“We are sorry for the inconvenience and we will look to reschedule in the near future.”

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