Even working from home isn’t safe!
Hackers have been hijacking video conferences and online classrooms on the popular software Zoom, in a frightening trend emerging amid the coronavirus pandemic, the FBI warned on Monday.
“The FBI has received multiple reports of conferences being disrupted by pornographic and/or hate images and threatening language,” said a warning from the agency’s Boston division.
There have been at least two instances of so-called “Zoom-bombing” in Massachusetts, including one where someone hacked a school meeting and flashed swastika tattoos.
In another incident, a hacker dialed into an online class being conducted using the teleconferencing software, yelled profanities and shouted the teacher’s home address.
In Upstate New York, the Esopus Town Board’s meeting on Monday was disrupted by a group of creeps who went on a racist rant and flashed screenshots of hate group websites and Facebook pages, according to The Daily Freeman.
A recording of the Zoom meeting will be turned over to authorities and hate crime charges may be filed, Councilman Christopher Farrell told the paper.
The feds issued tips for how to avoid getting hacked, including making meetings or classrooms on Zoom private, not sharing conference links on social media and managing screen-sharing options so only the host can display theirs.