Millions of people are working from home after the lockdown in the country and many countries of the world due to the coronavirus. During work from home, the meeting is being done through a video calling app like Skype or Zoom. The zoom video calling app is being used extensively during work from home and the zoom is not safe anymore. Apart from this, school-college studies are also being done from this app, but questions are constantly being raised on the Zoom video conferencing app regarding security and privacy.
India’s Computer Emergency Response Team and the National Cyber-Security Agency had warned people a few days ago about the security of Zoom and said that the Zoom is not safe app that could be a tool for cyber attacks. Through this app, cybercriminals can steal data from government and private offices and misuse it. CERT has said that there is a risk of data leakage with the zoom app.
Zoom is not Safe
As a suggestion, the agency has said that before using the zoom app, keep the app up-to-date and keep a strong password. Apart from this, keep the waiting feature on the app so that the people participating in the meeting remain in control. At the same time, the Home Ministry has also refused to use the zoom app as zoom is not safe. The government has said that unauthorized people can join the conference through the zoom app. Hackers can inject viruses into your computer by taking advantage of the weak security of the zoom app.
Zoom CEO Eric S. Yuan has stated in a blog that in December 2019, the number of daily active users of Zoom was 10 million one crore which has increased to 200 million i.e. 200 million in March 2020. He said that due to the coronavirus pandemic, more than 90,000 schools in 20 countries are also using the zoom app. CEO Eric S. Yuan said on the security question that the company is investigating the matter and the security issue will be resolved in the next 90 days. An update to the security patch will be released.
Five million accounts of Zoom app hacked
Recently, there have been reports of five million accounts being hacked by the zoom app. Bleeping Computer has claimed in its report that five lakh accounts of Zoom have been hacked and personal data of people is being sold on the Dark Web for a nominal price. Data of zoom app users are being sold on hackers forum. Cybersecurity firm Cyble was first informed about this on April 1 stating zoom is not safe.
According to the report, the data of zoom app users on the dark web is being sold for a nominal price of $ 0.0020 i.e. about 0.15 per account. The report also said that the hacking was done through passwords and IDs, meaning that the hackers were already aware of it.