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How to deal with Zoom-bombing?

Last updated on April 10, 2020

Zoom-bombing is like a distant cousin of photobombing. But extremely malicious.

It occurs when cyber attackers or online trolls enter a Zoom meeting or webinar to cause disruption or harrassment.

In the past months, Zoom-bombing has disrupted a few webinars where attackers inserted obscene videos, images and make weird noises.

Just recently, it’s reported that attackers had shared pornographic materials during home-based lessons to children in Singapore.

It is unsure what charges will be brought against these attackers but in the US, it’s jail-term.

Zoom-bombing normally happens to public meetings or webinars. So to prevent your event and your participants from becoming victims to these acts, here are some of the things you can do.

  1. Set password for your meeting/webinar.
  2. Disable the “Join before host” option.
  3. Lock your meeting/webinar after all participants have been account for.
  4. Do not share your meeting ID and password publicly.
  5. Schedule your meetings over instant meetings as the former changes meeting IDs, making it hard to guess, thus reducing the risk.

Editor’s note: Technology departments in all organisations need to take cyber security assessments seriously and ensure proper training is done before rolling out any applications.

Incidents like the one mentioned above should not have happened if proper change management had been done.

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