Dartmouth Police urges the public to be aware of “Zoom-bombing”

Cyber Security

DARTMOUTH, MA (WLNE) – The coronavirus pandemic has forced more and more people to turn to video-teleconferencing platforms as a way of communicating.

The Darmouth Police Department received reports of video-teleconferencing hijacking, known as “Zoom-bombing”.

Whether it be online learning, or work meetings, individuals continue to transition to this way of communicating.

The FBI recommends using caution and be aware of your cyber security efforts.

The following steps can be taken to help prevent teleconference hijacking:

  • 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 is asked that if you were a victim of a teleconference hijacking, or another cyber-crime, to report it to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center.

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