LGBT+ History Month event for teens hijacked by ‘homophobic, transphobic and racist slurs’ and pornography

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02/16/2021

An LGBT+ History Month seminar for under-18s was interrupted by a cyber attacker who shouted homophobic, transphobic and racist slurs. Education non-profit Academus Education was hosting a digital think tank event in celebration of LGBT+ History Month when it was “attacked by a group of 15 cyber terrorists”, managing director Emily Shead told PinkNews. Academus, a free education service for students who haven’t had access to Classical education, had been online for just 15 minutes before the attack. Shead said the hackers “took over all our controls and began spreading messages of hate” – sharing antisemitic imagery, searching the internet for pornography, shouting “just about every slur you can imagine” and spamming the chat. Shead and her whole team were “devastated and disgusted” by the hate they saw. She said: “Academus is supposed to be a safe space for people to come together in celebration of one another. “So, to see someone take advantage of our platform in such a vicious way is heartbreaking.”

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