Pandemics Bring Out The Worst Kind of Internet Pariah

Pandemics Bring Out The Worst Kind of Internet Pariah

Pandemics Bring Out The Worst Kind of Internet Pariah 387 387 Mark Arnold

Zoombombing is one of the latest digital shenanigans to surface during the current COVID-19 crisis to abuse video conferencing users. With the increased reliance on video conferencing platforms due to spikes in ‘work from home’ mandates, it was only a matter of time before bad actors would find a way to disrupt home-based staffers. Because Zoom enables screen sharing by default, participants are free to share their screens without restriction. Cyber miscreants realized this and recently crashed the popular WHF Happy Hour hosted Verge reporter Casey Newton and investor Hunter Walk, with the sole intent of subjecting happy hour attendees to NSFW(FH) content and degrading images.

Attempts to disconnect the determined perpetrators failed miserably. These unwelcome disruptors were able to reconnect at will using different names to extend their activity.

Out of concern for our clients, and anyone using the free version of Zoom, we urge that platform users review the default settings because trolls are actively scouring the internet for publicly shared Zoom links to zoombomb. The following recommendations are helpful in this regard:

Users of competing platforms should review similar configuration items and assess whether similar threats against those solutions exist. Configuration management should be top of mind for an organization using platforms of this kind and cloud services in general. We will discuss configuration management in-depth in upcoming blogs as an essential step in surviving this latest brand of cyber-loping and manage business risk associated with a home-based workforce. The moral of the WFH-HH story: Lockdown access to those who should have access to your meetings and data.

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