In "zoom bombing" (teleconference hijacking) what specific law is being broken? Youtube's reporting feature asks to cite the specific laws are being broken? The class I witnessed being zoom bombed was in the US (California). The streamer who did it lives in Canada (British Columbia).

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The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

The law prohibits accessing a computer without authorization, or in excess of authorization.

  • I read about a case where someone exposed himself to a class of school children. What you say will be the case for everyone, but in particular cases other charges could be added.
    – gnasher729
    Apr 7, 2020 at 7:44
  • Any idea about Canada? If the zoom bomber is in Canada (class in US), would the Canadian law be more relevant/effective?
    – JasonJones
    Apr 7, 2020 at 18:11
  • @JasonJones Canada has an equivalent law - both apply.
    – Dale M
    Apr 7, 2020 at 20:45

As I understand the notion of "Zoom Bombing", none. There is no authorization required, all you need is the URL. In principle, CFAA could be applicable, but for that law to be applicable, you need to go beyond violating the TOS (e.g. "No profanity"), you have to illegally obtain a password or circumvent password protection.

  • "There is no authorization needed to enter your home, just the door being open" - this argument is similarly nonsensical. It doesn't matter how easy it is to access something, when you still need the authority to access it, doing so without said authority is not allowed.
    – user4657
    Apr 6, 2020 at 23:59
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    You should read the pertinent case law, rather than making stuff up. Zoom-bombing invovles an open house, not a closed door.
    – user6726
    Apr 7, 2020 at 0:07
  • It doesn't matter that the door is open, you still aren't allowed into the house.
    – user4657
    Apr 7, 2020 at 5:33
  • Authorization is independent of the technical ability to access a URL.
    – gnasher729
    Apr 7, 2020 at 7:45

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