Zoom-Bombing on the Rise

A New Trend As Americans Move To Work From Home

The FBI has issued a new warning regarding the use of the popular virtual meeting platform Zoom. As Zoom use continues to increase with extended work from home schedules, some users have reported pornographic, violent, and threatening images and messages interrupting their meetings.

For now, the two reported incidents were in Massachusetts during online class room sessions. The FBI has released suggestions to secure your virtual meeting rooms.

FBI Recommendations

  • Do not make meetings or classrooms public. In Zoom, there are two options to make a meeting private: require a meeting password or use the waiting room feature and control the admittance of guests.
  • Do not share a link to a teleconference or classroom on an unrestricted publicly available social media post. Provide the link directly to specific people.
  • Manage screensharing options. In Zoom, change screensharing to “Host Only.”
  • Ensure users are using the updated version of remote access/meeting applications. In January 2020, Zoom updated their software. In their security update, the teleconference software provider added passwords by default for meetings and disabled the ability to randomly scan for meetings to join.
  • Lastly, ensure that your organization’s telework policy or guide addresses requirements for physical and information security.

Virtual Meetings

There have been several viral sensations crossing the internet since the Shelter-In-Place orders have gone into effect across the country. The video conference where a woman went to the bathroom but forgot to turn her laptop around, and the boss who couldn’t figure out the potato filter are two viral stories. While these are amusing (albeit embarrassing for the participants) they aren’t harmful.

Keeping yourself and your organization safe is the responsibility of all of us. We’ll keep you updated with the best ways to keep your online presence secure as we all continue to practice Social Distancing.

Finally, make sure you’re taking the precautions you need to keep yourself and your closest people safe. As it’s been said, we’re all in this together.

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6 thoughts on “Zoom-Bombing on the Rise

  1. I have an HP tablet, I tried to get on zoom to join a meeting about 20 min early. I tried to erase backwards but it wouldn’t let me get past the part where I was to enter my VIsa number . of course I tried to back out, because the site said I had to pay 14. and some odd cents a mont I kept trying to erase from this area again but it wouldn’t allow me to. By this time I was supposedly owing them well over $600.00.( I tried to shut it down using the safe mode, but it wouldn’t allow me to.) So after backing out 2 times I had no choice but to shut my computer down with a hard shut down. control, alt, delete.

    I turned on my computer again but I couldn’t get it to even let me in so I gave it another hard shut down. I turned my computer on early the next morning ,hoping that P C Matic could break through, but nothing, (So after 12:00 pm that morning I Shut it down,) the power bar was left on so that it was on, but not operational. I turn my laptop on each morning using the power bar, it has hydro going to it, but nothing ever happens, so I just shut down the power bar after 12:00 pm every day. can you break through the lock they have on my laptop, I cant even scan it . please help or tell me if its no longer operational or would a coputer specialist be able to break ito my laptop or just scrap it and by a new one? Thanks Pat A.

  2. When going into zoom, just as user, I think file “zoominstaller.exe” (10.7 MB) is installed or tries to install is this safe?

    I have an older originally windows 7, HP notebook with Intel Core i7. Is this safe to keep using for zoom? My Netgear router (amber light) says my software is not up date no matter how many times I up date windows 10. Microsoft is always saying I need an update. Is there anyway to fix this or should I use only a newer notebook with like 8th generation Core i7 or newer? thanks

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