BH CORRESPONDENT, New Delhi: The Union home ministry which monitors cybercrime has raised alarm bells on video conferencing app Zoom. The government has criticised it by saying it is unsafe and vulnerable to cyberattacks and the notification comes at a time when the platform has gained prominence.
The latest advisory issued by government’s Cyber Coordination Centre or CyCord is for private individuals.
Zoom has been in the news recently because of various security breaches which has got the government worried. India’s Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-IN) had raised concerns over potential cyber attacks through Zoom. On 30 March, CERT-IN said the application was vulnerable to cyberattacks, including leak of sensitive data.
Both CERT-IN and the Union home ministry have now suggested that users and organisations update the software and also change passwords for every meeting.
Meanwhile, Google has barred its employees from using Zoom on company computers. Google has its own videoconferencing app called Meet, a direct competitor to Zoom.
Due to the current lockdown in place, a lot of people are working and socialising from home, one of the reasons of the popularity of Zoom.
But like all applications there have been flaws that can be exploited by hackers and cause inconvenience for the users. Among various security vulnerabilities have also come under the spotlight include a new form of harassment known as “Zoom bombing,” where hackers gain access to a Zoom meeting and attempt to disrupt it.
Zoom has said there will be freeze all feature updates and it will focus on security issues plaguing the application.
Meanwhile, government officials have been asked not to use any third party app and services for meetings.