Zoombombing or Zoomraiding is a new form of cyber-bullying. Here are the FBI’s prevention measures
Amid the Coronavirus social distancing, a new cyberattack trend of Zoombombing has emerged. Zoombombing is referred to the hijacking of VTC calls.
Highlights! The FBI has received many Zoombombing complaints here are the prevention measures
- What is Zoombombing?
- Zoombombing Reaching Other Social Media Platforms
- What does Zoom Say?
- What Does FBI Say?
During the lockdown, most people are using video calling platform Zoom for its ease of conferencing services. The service is being used for office conference calls, talking to loved ones, by schools and universities for online classes and more. The company says around 200 million people used the services daily in March.
What is Zoombombing?
Zoombombing is a type of cyber attack. The hijackers are taking over online classes and other conference calls and disrupting by pornographic and/or hate images and threatening language.
The FBI has received many Zoombombing complaints in the month of March. Like, a Massachusetts-based high school reported that an unidentified individual dialled into an online class while a teacher was conducting a session. He yelled profanity and then shouted the teacher’s home address.
In another instance, an individual visible on-screen crashed a Zoom meeting and displayed swastika symbol.
Zoombombing Reaching Other Social Media Platforms
Also Known as ‘Zoomraiding’ is picking its victims from social media platforms such as Instagram and Twitter. This new kind of social harassment is picking up from social media platforms like Instagram, Twitter and Reddit.
The hijackers are asking people on these platforms to share their meeting codes. New York Times discovered 153 accounts created for zoomraiding or zoombombing. The Facebook-owned company is now busy pulling down relevant accounts and hashtags.
The said Zoombombing attacks are now getting uploaded on websites like Youtube, Tik Tok. Some of these contents are highly heinous and extremely disturbing.
What does Zoom Say?
Zoom founder Eric Yuan apologized for the privacy and Security Issues being reported. A spokesperson told CNN, the company is “deeply upset to hear about the incidents involving this type of attack
A Zoom spokesperson told CNN that the company is “deeply upset” to hear about these incidents and racial and pornographic attacks. Adding “ we strongly condemn such behaviour,” while “ we appreciate all efforts to raise awareness around how to best prevent these.”
As a measure to prevent Zoomraiding or Zoombombing, the company will now turn on passwords and waiting rooms for meetings by default for users on its free tier and the ones with a single license on its cheapest paid tier.
The FBI’s Prevention Measures
FBI has set out the following Zoombombing prevention measures:
- Do not make meetings or classrooms public.
- Do not share a teleconference or classroom link on an unrestricted social media post. Provide the link only to specific people.
- Make sure you are using the updated version of remote access/meeting applications.
- Ensuring that the organization’s telework policy or guide addresses the requirements for physical and information security.
So before you dial your next call make sure you keep in check the above zoombombing preventions.