Dance instructor describes Zoom hackers spreading hate due to COVID-19 crisis

Posted at 9:26 PM, Apr 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-06 22:41:38-04

(WXYZ) — Detroit dance instructor Joori Jung is describing a disgusting encounter with two hackers during a recent virtual stretching class. She says the harassment was like nothing she’s experienced before.

The founder of Artlab J, who’s proud of her South Korean roots says, “I never thought someone would target me with racial slurs and accuse me of spreading coronavirus as two hackers did Friday during a stretching session on Zoom.”

She adds “I’m Asian. So, they are targeting me during a morning class and destroyed our day.”

Soon after, she took to Facebook to inform others about what happened. She also used it to teach her 4-year-old son about racism.

“This is not a time to be upset or be fighting. We’re fighting with the virus, not each other," Jung said.

She plans to continue using Zoom to teach, but people will now have to register in advance. The FBI is also warning that anyone who spreads hate through video teleconferencing can be criminally charged and face federal prison time.

People using Zoom are also urged by the Michigan Attorney General to upgrade security software and avoid public meetings.

“This is very important for the next generation. It’s not just about me, it’s about us and our community.” Jung said.

She also says she’s not focused on pursuing criminal charges against the hackers, but she wants everyone to know this type of behavior must not be tolerated.

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