FBI Warns of 'Zoom Bombing': Hacker Broadcasts Porn Over School Video Call

A recent incident with a video conference call hosted by a Utah elementary school exposed the dangers of “Zoom bombing” after a hacker hijacked an unsecured teleconference and exposed the students to pornography.

According to KSL.com, the principal at Grovecrest Elementary started a meeting with nearly 50 students using the teleconference software Zoom. Just a couple of minutes into the call, an uninvited user hijacked the call and shared pornographic images. A spokesperson for the school district says the images were only onscreen for a few seconds before the meeting was shut down.

The FBI has received reports of “Zoom bombing” nationwide and are warning that as more and more people turn to these apps to connect during the pandemic, hackers and predators will continue to take advantage.

Experts suggest taking the following steps to make teleconference calls more secure:

  • Do not make meetings or classrooms public. In Zoom, you can either require a meeting password or use the waiting room feature and admit guests one by one.
  • Do not share a link to a teleconference or classroom on a public social media post. Send the link directly to specific people instead.
  • Manage screensharing options. Zoom allows you to change the screensharing setting to “Host Only.”
  • Make sure everyone is using the most updated version of whichever applications you choose. Zoom added security features in a January update and anyone who hasn't updated since then will be more vulnerable.
  • Make sure your organization’s telework policies address requirements for physical and information security.

The report below from 13 ON YOUR SIDE shows how "Zoom boming" is done and offers a few more tips for protecting your calls from being hijacked.

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