Recent reports claim that some Zoom video calls have been hacked by internet pranksters and trolls, known as “Zoombombing”.
This is where someone successfully invades a public or sometimes even private meeting over the videoconferencing platform to broadcast shock videos, pornography, or other disruptive content.
With more, and more of the world increasingly in self-isolation or quarantining due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and with institutions and workplaces moving from in-person meetings to remote video conference calls on platforms like Zoom, this has led to an increase in video conference call hacking and pranks.
The most vulnerable forums are those of school classrooms, political meetings, and other sensitive gatherings including minors or confidential information. Check out these helpful tips for schools, local government, companies, and individuals to avoid getting Zoombombed.
In some cases, it may not be a prankster hacking into a call, so much as the organiser overlooking key privacy settings to help protect the call from unwanted third parties sneaking on.