In our current state of Shelter in Place due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), and as we have mentioned in the last two weeks, our workspaces and meetings have moved all online.
With an increased amount of video calls from everyone, hackers have begun to target Zoom. Zoom has quickly taken over as the go-to for many business meetings, and in recent events has become used for school courses as well.
Zoom appeals to many due to their free account and supposed embedded "security". However, with this move online, Zoom has been put under the microscope.
Starting at the end of March and continuing on through the present, multiple faults have been found in the backend of Zoom. They were found to be sending user data to Facebook, which they claimed was, "data about users' devices such as the mobile OS type and version, the device time zone, device OS, device model and carrier, screen size, processor cores, and disk space."
A tool was then created by a third party that searched all currently ongoing Zoom meetings that did not require a password and listed them publicly. This further allowed for people to exploit "Zoombombings." A process where hackers break into unprotected meetings and display anti-semitic, vulgar or pornographic messages to all members of the meeting.
As the company was found to be leaking email addresses and photos in a "company directory," the CEO issued a public apology and vowed to stop any updates and focus on security.
As the onslaught continues, there have been four class-action lawsuits filed, recorded zoom calls were left viewable by everyone, calls were routed through Chinese servers, whole accounts were found on the dark web, and governments and schools have banned zoom altogether.
The right hackers are able to gain access to your microphone and webcam and listen in on personal conversations.
If you have to use a zoom call, we recommend making sure that the call is at the very least, password protected. If the meeting members are open perhaps offer insight and switch to google hangouts.
Privacy Stickers are the easiest way to protect your webcam when not in use, just peel away when it's time to chat.
Store your laptop or device in a Faraday Sleeve, this will ensure that no one will be able to continue listening in on any conversation.
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