Be Careful; Zoom Video Conferences are getting ‘Zoombombing’ by Cyber Criminals

As everyone has been isolated at home professionally and socially and become increasingly reliant on video chatting since the coronavirus epidemic. Due to the epidemic, people are reliant on video conferencing not just for businesses but for colleges and universities.

According to checkpoint

During the past few weeks, we have witnessed a major increase in new domain registrations with names including “Zoom”, which is one of the most common video communication platforms used around the world. Since the beginning of the year, more than 1700 new domains were registered and 25% of them were registered in the past week. Out of these registered domains, 4% have been found to contain suspicious characteristics. However, Zoom is not the only application targeted by cyber criminals. New phishing websites have been spotted for every leading communication application, including the official classroom.google.com website, which was impersonated by googloclassroom\.com and googieclassroom\.com.

Furthermore, we can say that the Zoom-bombing is when someone interrupts a video conference to cause trouble via threatening speech or by the display of something immoral. For malware purposes, someone may leave a little deterrence to join conferences. This can occur due to the fact that someone is not a part of the meant recipients.

There are 2 specific incidents of this nature are mentioned by the FBI’s Boston division:

1. Firstly a privacy breach: in Massachusetts, a teacher from a school reported an “unidentified individual” who “yelled a profanity” and in addition announces the teacher’s home address in front of the whole class.

2. Secondly, again someone unidentified joined the conference and displayed “swastika tattoos.” These 2 reported cases that have spawned up world-widely.

“As large numbers of people turn to video-teleconferencing (VTC) platforms to stay connected in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, reports of VTC hijacking (also called “Zoom-bombing”) are emerging nationwide. The FBI has received multiple reports of conferences being disrupted by pornographic and/or hate images and threatening language, FBI said in a press release.”

By keeping in view this new kind of harassment here are some suggestions to help conference organizers are represented by the Bureau:

1. Publicly, Do not make meetings or classrooms. There are two alternatives to make a meeting private in Zoom: use the waiting room feature and control the admittance of guests or require a meeting password.

2. On an unrestricted publicly available social media post, do not share a link to a teleconference or classroom. Directly, provide the link to specific people.

3. Manage the screen sharing options. Change the screen sharing to “Host-Only” in Zoom.

4. Zoom updated their software, in January 2020. The updated version of remote access/meeting applications is only used by the ensure users. For meetings, the teleconference software provider added passwords by default. In their security update, to join meetings its disabled the ability to randomly scan.

5. Lastly, make sure that your corporation’s telework policy or guide addresses requirements for physical and information security.

Hence, by implementing these measures if you still face such issues then you need to report to your local law enforcement agency. It will serve as an effective check against future potential lawbreakers if they are failed in their attempts to guard you.

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