iWorld

Zoom comes under malware attack

Hackers have intruded into the virtual meeting platform

https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/smartcrop_800x800/public/images/tv-images/2020/04/02/zoom.jpg?itok=aE4C6kC4

MUMBAI: Hackers have been on the prowl, targeting popular video conferencing application Zoom as more and more people are resorting to virtual meetings in the wake of COIVD-19 pandemic. Such malware attacks, commonly called Zoom Bombing, have been reported from different parts of the world.

In a Zoom Bombing, hackers typically intrude a video conference and post hate or pornographic images.

Following the COVID-19 pandemic, companies world over adopted the work-from-home system as part of social distancing, necessitating the use of online communication tools like Zoom, for meetings and conferences. Zoom, a cloud-based communication platform, has increasingly been used by organisations for virtual meetings, video conferencing, and webinars. Zoom has seen increased downloads. In March alone, the app was downloaded around 40 million times across the world, even surpassing popular apps like TikTok and Facebook.

The changed scenario, however, has given rise to wily hackers who are on the prowl within the dark underbelly of the online world. Cyber security experts have found that such cyber criminals are targeting communication platforms, thereby putting those who communicate via the likes of Zoom at risk. Phishing and malware attacks have also increased.

The Zoom Bombing has been attracting news headlines with reports of virtual conferences being interrupted by hate-spouting oddballs who disrupt the meetings by posting pornographic or hateful images.  In the US, a meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous was disrupted by a hacker who spouted anti-Semitic and misogynistic words. There have also been other instances where high school online classes were interrupted by such intruders.

On Thursday morning, the launch of BARC-Nielsen week 12 report on ‘Crisis Consumption: An insight into TV, digital and audience’ via Zoom was disrupted due to what seemed like a malware attack. The meeting was rescheduled after it was disrupted apparently by a malware within half-an-hour of the start. 

Hackers have been found to be taking advantage of the increased use of Zoom by registering fake Zoom domains. According to a report by cyber security website Check Point, cyber criminals have created around 1,700 fake Zoom domains after the COVID-19 virus broke out.

Despite the popularity, there is of late no dearth of trouble for Zoom. In the US, the virtual communication platform, which has seen a spurt in usage after the COVID-10 pandemic, has been mired in data privacy issues. On Wednesday, shares of Zoom tumbled six per cent for the third consecutive day. In fact, it has been a downward journey for its stock since 27 March.

So how do you prevent intruders from disrupting Zoom meetings?

According to Business Insider, you can go to “account management > account setting,” find the “waiting room” button and turn it on. “That way, the host can allow in participants who are invited and weed out uninvited guests who will sit in the queue,” it says.

A Zoom spokesperson was quoted by Forbes as saying this. “For those hosting private meetings, password protections are on by default and we recommend that users keep those protections on to prevent uninvited users from joining. We also encourage users to report any incidents of this kind directly so we can take appropriate action.”

Here are some tips for organisations before they log on to a Zoom meeting room:

Ø  Send meeting invitation on official email ID and to those individuals who are required

Ø  Ensure that only authenticated users can join meetings and enable 'require password' feature

Ø  Use the 'waiting room feature' to avoid unwanted attendees

Ø  The host can enable "co-host" for the purpose of moderation

Ø  Do not download or install any unauthorised software from malicious site. Install only legitimate and licensed software.

Latest Reads

https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/06/01/voot.jpg?itok=7mt4-WGx
VOOT Studio collaborates with Indian Cancer Society on World No Tobacco Day

MUMBAI: On this World No Tobacco Day, India’s premium video on demand platform VOOT has partnered with Indian Cancer Society on its World No Tobacco Day 2020. The campaign endeavors to raise awareness about the health hazards of smoking and tobacco usage. Executed by VOOT Studio, the short and high...

iWorld Over The Top Services
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/06/01/epic.jpg?itok=8mZPKs5P
EPIC ON partners with CloudWalker

MUMBAI: EPIC ON, the premium OTT platform known for its diverse India-centric content by IN10 Media Network, today announced a significant partnership with leading online smart TV brand CloudWalker. This partnership enables EPIC ON to be pre-embedded into CloudWalker smart screens and smart TVs,...

iWorld Over The Top Services
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/06/01/tata.jpg?itok=zCkcKgri
Tata Sky launches new, improved offer on Tata Sky Binge+ Android STB

MUMBAI: Tata Sky announced a new and improved offer on India’s next-generation Android set-top box Tata Sky Binge+, aimed at providing customers an upgraded and immersive content-viewing experience. Introduced at a subsidised rate of Rs 3,999, the new offer will enable subscribers to watch both...

iWorld Over The Top Services
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/06/01/tvv_0.jpg?itok=PwOmbjvd

Photo by Julia Coimbra on Unsplash

Indian OTT platforms dish out special fare for kids

Streaming services have started taking the central stage of entertainment in Indian living rooms for quite a while now, catalysed more by the Covid2019 crisis. But it’s not possible to lay a strong foundation if the new-age entertainers don’t have anything in store for those loved little ones.

iWorld Over The Top Services
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/05/31/hbo_1.jpg?itok=igAgBtE5
Fifteen new HBO Max originals coming to Warner Media platforms in Asia

MUMBAI: With the launch of HBO Max in the United States on May 27, Warner Media has confirmed that a first wave of at least 15 HBO Max Originals will land on HBO GO and channels in Asia in 2020. Most shows will be available first on HBO GO, such as The Not-Too-Late Show with Elmo and Love Life...

iWorld Over The Top Services
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/05/30/nodwin.jpg?itok=Y79ZVQ4s
NODWIN Gaming and Airtel announce partnership to take e-sports in India to the next level

MUMBAI: NODWIN Gaming, South Asia’s leading e-sports company, announced a partnership with Bharti Airtel to further grow e-sports in India. The partnership has been kicked off with the launch of Airtel India ESPORTS TOUR, which is the first and largest property of its kind in this segment. Airtel...

iWorld Gaming
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/05/30/pubg.jpg?itok=yNWoCfdX
PUBG Mobile welcomes Airtel as preferred network of PMPL league

MUMBAI: As part of its mission to enable a superior and highly differentiated digital experience for its customers, Bharti Airtel will start supporting the esports dreams of millions of Indians. Airtel will power the PUBG MOBILE Pro League (PMPL) as the preferred network of the coveted esports...

iWorld Gaming
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/05/30/imssss.jpg?itok=SGusWNTN
Instant messaging app imo raises awareness among millions in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic

imo, a free video calling and instant messaging app, has taken slew of initiatives to raise awareness and put a check on misinformation about Covid-19 pandemic. The efforts by imo were carried out at a global level. With a comprehensive dashboard furnishing verified information, the app has kept...

iWorld Video On Demand
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/05/29/chumbak.jpg?itok=TfS2CZRm
The Script Room completes one year with 41 films over five brands

MUMBAI: - Having successfully created over 40 ad films across youth brands like Netflix, OYO, Chumbak, Beck’s Ice and Groww, a financial services app, The Script Room, a fast-growing writers' hub is celebrating its one-year completion amidst lockdown. A company born out of an enthusiastic and...

iWorld Over The Top Services

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories

* indicates required