As more people use internet conferencing services such as Zoom to conduct business, the FBI has issued a warning about "Zoombombers."
These are bad people who hack into the meetings and spy on what's going on, or weigh in with pornography or profanity.
The FBI says it's not only Zoom that is vulnerable to uninvited actors, but also other online services.
According to the FBI, complaints so far include:
- In late March 2020, a Massachusetts-based high school reported that while a teacher was conducting an online class using the teleconferencing software Zoom, an unidentified individual(s) dialed into the classroom. This individual yelled a profanity and then shouted the teacher’s home address in the middle of instruction.
- A second Massachusetts-based school reported a Zoom meeting being accessed by an unidentified individual. In this incident, the individual was visible on the video camera and displayed swastika tattoos.
Read the FBI's advice at this link.
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But password protection is all that's needed - the majority of Zoombombings come from posting the meeting connection information on social media or mass email, not a Zoom security flaw. Zoom meetings aren't being "hacked" - there's no reason to go to the effort of hacking, when the organizer publicly broadcasts connection information.
Ron Tarro says
Sharyl, thanks for what you do. I'm a tech industry guy. Just require a password to enter a zoom session and "Zoombombing" problem from random outside parties is solved. Note that Zoom (given your history) is not end-to-end encrypted so sophisticated actors could get access to the stream.