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Zoom App Suspended In Singapore After Hackers Show Porn In Online Classes

Zoom App Suspended In Singapore After Hackers Show Porn In Online Classes

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Zoom has experienced an popularity boom globally as countries start their lockdowns, but it served to display the app’s security issues as hackers made their way into video conference calls with ill intentions.

Singapore’s Ministry of Education just announced that the schools will suspend their use of the Zoom platform after students reported encountering pornography while using the application.

According to a student’s mother, who posted about the issue on Facebook, hackers hijacked the student’s online class video stream and flashed porn instead. They then asked 39 female students in the video conference call to show their chests.

This is not an uncommon occurrence, as the same thing has happened in other countries as well, forcing teachers to cancel their online classes and disrupting the students from their studies.

The practice is called “Zoombombing”, where hackers interrupt Zoom meetings to intrude on classes and meetings.

It happens when the meeting link is shared to their unintended recipients, if a chat is public, or when attackers force different meeting IDs to “hack” into an existing video conference.

Zoombombers aim to disrupt the meetings with profanity or malicious content.
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Earlier this week, Zoom’s security policies faced scrutiny after a spike in Zoombombing and the shocking revelation that thousands of recorded Zoom video calls were unprotected and viewable on the open web.

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Zoom has readjusted some of their default meeting settings to tighten security since then.

Hosts of the meetings should also do their part to ensure the meeting is restricted to attendees, such as using the “lock” function on Zoom and hosting private meetings that require a password to join.

Attendees of the meeting should not share meeting links on public channels such as social media platforms either.


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