Zoom facing barrage of security, safety concerns

Active daily users of cloud-based video conferencing service Zoom have shot up by 67 percent since January.

A slew of recently publicized “zoombombings” and hacks have ramped up concerns over the safety and security of the platform, especially as it applies to children utilizing the service for school-related projects during COVID-19 school shutdowns.

“Stories of “Zoomboming” and Zoom hacks are on the rise. Teachers are experiencing disruptive (although not criminal) behavior where users broadcast pornographic, racist, or otherwise vitriolic content, leading the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Boston office to issue warnings about the video conferencing software,” states an April 3 article in Popular Mechanics magazine. “And people, companies, and outlets have shared stories of unwanted intruders in, primarily, public Zoom meetings.”

ConnectLocal offers the following curated list of articles - including one from before the advent of the COVID-19 response - regarding the issue to provide readers with a comprehensive look at facts, analysis and information on the topic.

A Zoom Flaw Gives Hackers Easy Access to Your Webcam – WIRED Magazine, 7/2019

Federal, State, and Local Law Enforcement Warn Against Teleconferencing Hacking During Coronavirus Pandemic - US Dept. of Justice (Michigan), 4/2020

FBI Warns of Teleconferencing and Online Classroom Hijacking During COVID-19 Pandemic -FBI (Boston), 4/2020

Zoom shares slip over security concerns, rising competition – Nasdaq.com - 4/2020

Elon Musk's SpaceX, NASA, bans Zoom over privacy concerns – Reuters, 4/2020

Zoom is being sued for allegedly handing over data to Facebook – Business Insider, 3/2020

Zoom clamps down further on security weaknesses- ComputerWorld - 4/2020

Zoom’s daily active users jumped from 10 million to over 200 million in 3 months – VentureBeat, 4/2020

The Facts Around Zoom and Encryption for Meetings/Webinars – Zoom Blog, 4/2020


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