Virtual communications platforms, like Zoom, are more popular than ever, as many Americans continue to work and socialize from home. But have your organization’s members taken the necessary steps to keep your meetings from being hacked? The term “Zoombombing” is rising in popularity, as hackers find new ways to send unwanted messages to unsuspecting meeting members.
Zoombombing is a type of cyberattack; more specifically, when someone hijacks a Zoom teleconferencing chat. This includes interruptions by spammers sharing offensive imagery on-screen, transferring adult content to meeting members, and intimidating others with hate speech and threats.
Reports of Zoombombing flooded the internet recently, from various sectors of business. A California State University, Long Beach doctoral candidate told NPR that someone started drawing lewd images and racial slurs on the screen, in the middle of his doctoral dissertation presentation. About 40 people, including the man’s friends, family, and classmates, witnessed the Zoombombing.
The Los Angeles Times reported that a group of hackers Zoombombed a school district meeting in California to chant racial slurs. Multiple religious organizations have reported that their livestreamed services and ministry meetings were Zoombombed by users shouting hate speech and sharing adult content.
So, how can you protect your virtual meetings from being Zoombombed? Here are five tips:
Zoom lists additional privacy and security tips on its security page.