FBI cautions Zoom users on zoom-bombing, here is how you can avoid it
Shubham Verma April 2, 2020
Zoom is a useful app for people working from home who can now collaborate with their teammates. But, at the same time, it is also useful to hackers and cybercriminals who are lurking behind their computer screens. The cybercriminals leverage various security loopholes that exist in Zoom's platform and disrupt video meetings in what is being popularly called as 'zoom-bombing.' Much like photo-bombing, zoom-bombing refers to when some stranger joins in a meeting which he has not been invited to. And that has posed a big concern for the video app.
FBI has taken cognisance of the incidents where zoom-bombing has played out as a menace for people working from home. The US agency said it has received "multiple reports of conferences being disrupted by pornographic and/or hate images and threatening language." FBI has noted two incidents that took place in Massachusetts in the US wherein online classes being held via Zoom in two different schools were hijacked by intruders to show off unsavoury elements. While one stranger "yelled profanity and then shouted the teacher's home address in the middle of instruction", the other one was "was visible on the video camera and displayed swastika tattoos."
To curtail the growing cases of zoom-bombing, the FBI has issued a list of steps that should be kept in mind when video chatting on Zoom. Here are some guidelines on how you can mitigate teleconference hijacking threats:
Additionally, the FBI has advised users to contact the agency in case their Zoom meetings have been hijacked. You can additionally read on how to safely conduct Zoom meetings in our rundown.