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Calif. Congressional Live Debate Hacked with Gay Porn Broadcast

Tuesday May 22, 2018

Hackers hijacked a live stream of a California Congressional debate and disrupted it with a short clip of gay porn, local ABC-affiliate news station KRCR reports.

The online debate featured two candidates for California's 1st District U.S. Congressional seat. The forum was presented by Independent Like the North State, which was open to seven candidates vying for incumbent Doug LaMalfa's seat. But only two candidates were present for the debate: Lewis Elbinger, a Green Party candidate from Mount Shasta, and David Peterson, a Democrat from Grass Valley, according to KRCR.

People watching the debate online and listening to a broadcast of the event on radio station KFOI 90.9 FM were caught off guard when things turned x-rated. The news station reports that after the opening statements from the two candidates, the video feed was cut and gay porn began to broadcast. KRCR writes the stream was "clearly showing sexual acts between two men," which "filled the screen for several seconds shortly after 8:00 p.m. Thursday night."

A moderator of the debate then could be heard saying, "Looks like we got hacked again, we'll try to fix this." The feed then was cut.

"We had a community forum, and while it's disappointing people did not respect us, or the candidates, or more importantly the democratic process, or the community, that's part of the way democracy works," moderator Chris Verill told KRCR.

He added they are hoping to reschedule the debate and work on fixing the security issues that allowed hackers to broadcast gay porn.

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