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Kasim Doronin
Kasim Doronin

Zoom Fixes Flaw Opening Meetings To Hackers

This security flaw was patched with the release of Zoom version 5.10.0 which also fixes a number of other vulnerabilities. Updating to the latest version of the videoconferencing software will protect you from any attacks exploiting this flaw.

Zoom Fixes Flaw Opening Meetings to Hackers

Paying Zoom users are eligible to receive 15% of their subscription fees or $25, whichever is greater; non-paying users are eligible to receive $15. Known class members will be notified by email or regular mail that they can file a claim, and others will be able to use the website when it goes live.

An unnamed security researcher found a critical flaw in the Zoom meetings client software for Windows that would let a hacker remotely take over any PC running Windows 7 or earlier. Zoom fixed the flaw with a software update soon after the flaw became public knowledge.

The new version will include many of the security fixes we've recently seen for the Zoom web interface, including the abilities to kick out Zoom bombers from meetings, make sure meeting data doesn't go through China, and put everyone waiting for a meeting in a "waiting room." It also adds a security icon to the host screen and better encryption to Zoom meetings.

In other words, Dropbox would pay hackers for security vulnerabilities they found in Zoom. (Dropbox staffers used Zoom regularly, and Dropbox was an investor in Zoom.) The Times reported that Dropbox would confirm the flaws, then pass them along to Zoom so that Zoom could fix them.

Video messaging technology powerhouse Zoom has rolled out a high-priority patch for macOS users alongside a warning that hackers could abuse the software flaw to connect to and control Zoom Apps.

The popularity of Zoom has made it a high-profile target for hackers, nefarious actors, and the security community. Organizations worldwide are using Zoom to enable remote work. The UK government even used Zoom for cabinet meetings2. Simply put, we can see Zoom in every part of our lives today.

Because time was of the essence -- and because the video conferencing market overall was caught off guard in terms of demand for its communications services -- platform security wasn't as airtight as it might have been. It didn't take long for stories to surface detailing how easy it was for hackers to derail virtual meetings by inserting explicit and distressing images into users' video conferencing feeds. And, although Zoom -- as well as other providers -- took steps to beef up precautions, many still ask this question: How secure is Zoom video conferencing?

In March 2020, a vulnerability, coined Zoombombing, let hackers take advantage of public meetings to share explicit audio or imagery with entire audiences of people. In addition to sharing this content, scammers also took advantage of the situation, using the exploit to share malicious links in chat; sending the victims that clicked to fraudulent websites that could potentially install malware, steal login credentials, or conduct various other attacks.


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