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Online training session disrupted by porn

There were red faces all round on Thursday when an online training session for India’s top badminton coaches attended by hundreds of people was interrupted when pornographic images suddenly appeared on the screen.

New Indonesian coach Agus Dwi Santos was in the middle of his presentation when the images appeared. They faded out only to reappear again, a pattern that was repeated several times until embarrassed officials cut the presentation short. On the online session at the time were a number of women, parents and children, even though the training was intended for coaches only.

The 21-day programme is being conducted jointly by the Sports Authority of India (SAI) and the Badminton Association of India (BAI) over Zoom which has been under fire worldwide for its lax security and vulnerability to hacking. 

The free video chatting platform has become very popular during the Covid-19 pandemic, but has also been in the spotlight for its security flaws and inadequate controls. Google is one of many companies which has forbidden its employees to conduct virtual meetings over the platform, whilst Zoom itself has admitted to mistakenly routing traffic through China, where the government heavily monitors the internet. 

And, it is facing a multi-million dollar lawsuit in California alleging that it significantly overstated the degree to which the app was encrypted. 

In India, meanwhile, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has warned users that the app is not up to scratch, with a number of schools reported to be using the platform to conduct online classes during the lockdown.

In this case though Zoom does not appear to have been hacked, with the SAI set to investigate what happened with their IT department.

This is the first such reported glitch for the SAI, which has taken advantage of the government lockdown to hold a series on online knowledge development workshops for coaches.

Shantanu Gupta predominantly writes for the sister sites of CricketNews.com: Inplay Cricket India, Inplay Sports India and Indian Cricket World. Having grown up around the intense rivalries of cricket Shantanu took to a journalistic career in following the sport whilst also remaining mindful of other key sports of interest to Indian sports fans. You’ll see him not only writing about cricket but also covering football, tennis and more.

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