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Hackers' new target during pandemic: video conference calls

Hackers' new target during pandemic: video conference calls Photo: WDIO/MGN

Created: April 07, 2020 03:17 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) - As businesses, schools, churches and others turn to video conference platforms to stay connected amid the global coronavirus pandemic, many have reported being attacked by uninvited guests.

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The disruptions, dubbed “Zoom-bombing,” have included racist, homophobic and anti-Semitic messages and have drawn the scrutiny of the FBI and other law enforcement agencies.

Experts say some of the Zoom-bombing incidents can be attributed to internet trolls who operate without malicious intent. However, extremists have already seized on the coronavirus pandemic as a vehicle to spread their hate and conspiracies.”

In response to criticism, Zoom has clarified its privacy policy. But some say the company isn't doing enough to protect users' safety.

Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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