FBI Warns of Ongoing Zoom-Bombing Attacks on Video Meetings

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) warned today of hijackers who join Zoom video conferences used for online lessons and business meetings with the end goal of disrupting them or for pulling pranks that could be later shared on social media platforms.

"The FBI has received multiple reports of conferences being disrupted by pornographic and/or hate images and threatening language," the warning published by FBI's Boston Division says.

During late March 2020, a Massachusetts-based high school reported to the FBI that an unidentified individual(s) joined an online classroom taking place over the Zoom teleconferencing platform, yelling profanities and shouting the teacher’s home address.

In another incident reported by a Massachusetts-based school, an unidentified individual dialed into another Zoom classroom meeting displaying swastika tattoos on his webcam.

"As large numbers of people turn to video-teleconferencing (VTC) platforms to stay connected in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, reports of VTC hijacking (also called 'Zoom-bombing') are emerging nationwide," the FBI alert added.




Posted on April 2, 2020

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