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Estacada Community Watch increases online security measures after incident involving pornographic images

Estacada Community Watch has taken increased online security measures after a town hall meeting earlier this week was interrupted with illicit images and threats.

A meeting on Monday, Feb. 8, gave attendees the option to attend in person or online via Zoom as they discussed a project to bring shelter for unhoused individuals and eventual workforce housing to the Red Fox Motel, which Clackamas County Commissioners voted not to move forward with.

However, several attendees on Zoom posted pornographic images and made threats that they were going to bomb the Red Fox, leading to the closure of the meeting's online portion.

Estacada Community Watch founder Joel Litkie received an email from Zoom stating that the link to the meeting had been posted on Twitter by the user Annabelille.

"Unfortunately, we've seen a number of meetings like yours disrupted by malicious people who search social media for unprotected meetings and share them with potential intruders. To keep our customers safe, we created an At Risk Meeting Notifier. This tool searches the public internet for Zoom meeting information and checks the meeting's security settings. When we find a meeting that looks to be at high risk of being disrupted, we notify the host," the email from Zoom stated.

Estacada Community Watch has contacted Zoom and Twitter about the incident, as well as the FBI about the bomb threat.

Annabelille's tweet about Estacada Community Watch's meeting was removed for violating Twitter's rules. The account, which has three followers, has multiple other posts encouraging people to "raid" Zoom meetings.

"No waiting room, bunch of boomers please raid !" one Tweet said, using the hashtags #zoomraids #zoomraiding #zoombombing and #zoombomb.

Because of the incident, Estacada Community Watch will now utilize Zoom's webinar feature, which provides the meeting hosts more control over when attendees speak.

"We thought it was a good investment to be sure that this doesn't happen again," Litkie said.

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