Zoom meeting app rose to fame in the age of social distancing as users all over the world were asked to say to at Home and be sage during the COVID-19 pandemic. The app allows a large number of people to conduct a video conference which is why it’s become a popular choice among businesses, policians and educational institutions.
A new report suggests that recorded videos on Zoom may have been leaked online revealing personal information and private conversations. Furthermore, with the rise in these video calls, hacking and pranking cases have also seen a spike. A word called “Zoom bombing” has also been coined for those who invade private or public calls without consent. The Rise in Zoom bombing has forced federal presectors to take legal action against these pranksters. Because of these lapses, Zoom has also introduced a new security and privacy measure to prevent Zoombombing and leaking of recorded videos.
The Zoom meeting app has announced that starting Sunday, April 5, it will enable the Waiting Room feature and two meeting password setting for the all basic and Pro users. It has enabled two password setting by default- one that required a password for Personal meeting ID ( PMI) and one that require a password for meetings which has already been scheduled.
This means that if you sent a meeting invitation before this password setting was enabled, you will need to sent it out again or sent the invites the password to join. These new setting have been enabled to prevent unwanted participants from joining it. Zoom notes, “For scheduled meeting the meeting password will be in the invitations. For instant meetings, the password will be displayed in the Zoo client. The password is also included in the meeting Join URL.
Zoom Meeting Interface
There’s also the new virtual Waiting Room feature that will ask the host to approve joining of every member, even after the password authentication is completed. Admins host to approve joining of each participant individually or accept all participants at once. This feature is enabled by default moving forward and users will have to disable it manually if they don’t wish to use it. The idea is to add another level of security for preventing unnecessary hacks.
As the cases of Zoom bombing rise, the US Department of Justice for the Eastern District of Michigan has issued a warfarin that all hackers can be charges with state of federal crimes. Charges may include disrupting a public meeting , computer intrusion using a computer to commit a crime, hate crimes, fraud or transmitting threatening communications. All of these charges are punishable by fines and imprisonment.
Zoom meeting leak
A report in the Washington Post also seems to suggest that thousands of personal Zoom videos are available online openly. These exposed videos include one-one- therapy sessions, a training orientation for workers during tele-health calls and even small business meeting that included private company financial statements. The report states that some of videos appear to have recorded through Zoom’s software and saved on separate online storage without a password.
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