Criminals have come up with a shocking new way to gather data.
The FBI released the steps everyone should take to protect themselves.
The FBI exposed one shocking way criminals may target you during the coronavirus outbreak.
Because of the outbreak of the Chinese coronavirus many schools and companies have moved to use zoom to replace face to face meetings.
Technology that allows people to not be completely isolated at this time is a huge blessing.
It is allowing children to keep up with their education, businesses to continue operating and friends to stay in touch.
While telecommuting has become a necessity at the moment, it could make companies that were unwilling to let their employees telecommute before now may be more open to the possibility of them working remotely.
People’s creative innovations in this difficult time may provide them with real long term benefits.
Unfortunately, the criminals are adapting too.
The FBI has received several reports of criminals using video-conference calls to cause disruption and steal information.
The FBI noted two incidents as examples.
In late March 2020, a Massachusetts-based high school reported that while a teacher was conducting an online class using the teleconferencing software Zoom, an unidentified individual(s) dialed into the classroom. This individual yelled a profanity and then shouted the teacher’s home address in the middle of instruction.
A second Massachusetts-based school reported a Zoom meeting being accessed by an unidentified individual. In this incident, the individual was visible on the video camera and displayed swastika tattoos.
Zoom is “deeply upset to hear about the incidents involving this type of attack” and hopes that users will report such incidents to their support team.
But it’s even better to take the necessary steps to keep such attacks from happening in the first place.
The FBI has some simple tips to the public to protect their video conferences and keep them free of disturbance.
The FBI advised:
- Do not make meetings or classrooms public. In Zoom, there are two options to make a meeting private: require a meeting password or use the waiting room feature and control the admittance of guests.
- Do not share a link to a teleconference or classroom on an unrestricted publicly available social media post. Provide the link directly to specific people.
- Manage screensharing options. In Zoom, change screensharing to “Host Only.”
- Ensure users are using the updated version of remote access/meeting applications. In January 2020, Zoom updated their software. In their security update, the teleconference software provider added passwords by default for meetings and disabled the ability to randomly scan for meetings to join.
- Lastly, ensure that your organization’s telework policy or guide addresses requirements for physical and information security.
It’s important to keep video conference calls secure from the nefarious designs of crooks who will exploit any opening they can find.
The FBI tips should help keep your calls safe and secure so that your communications, whether personal, business or school related won’t be disturbed.