SAN FRANCISCO – Video-conferencing software Zoom has been drawing attention from researchers and journalists lately for a number of potential privacy and security issues, as use of the platform surges due to an increase in coronavirus-related remote working. One of the biggest security issues facing Zoom is the surge in “Zoombombing,” when uninvited attendees break into and disrupt your meeting.
Similarly, rumors of security risks have circulated around other video-conferencing services. And the stakes are getting higher. Some have accused video-calling app Houseparty of enabling Netflix account hacks with loose security protocols. In response, the company has offered a $1 million reward for proof of security sabotage against what others argue is a viral misinformation campaign, saying that the problem is more likely tied to re-using login credentials and passwords.
On Thursday,, saying Zoom will freeze features updates to address security issues, aiming to address them in the next 90 days.
Unfortunately, it can be easy to Zoombomb a meeting. In many cases, a simple Google search for URLs that include “Zoom.us” can turn up the unprotected links of multiple meetings that anyone can jump into. Similarly, links to public meetings can be found scattered across organizational pages on social media.