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'Zoombombing' Research Shows Legitimate Meeting Attendees Cause Most Attacks


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Cybersecurity experts expressed concerns about Zooms ability to thwart hackers, but a new study has found that most zoombombing are made by legitimate attendees of Zoom meetings.

Credit: binghamton.edu

A study by researchers at Binghamton and Boston universities indicates most zoombombing attacks—intentional disruptions to virtual meetings—are caused by legitimate attendees.

The investigators analyzed more than 200 calls from the first seven months of 2020, and determined that most such incidents are the work of insiders with authorized access to meetings, particularly students in high school and college classes.

Authorized users share links, passwords, and other data on websites like Twitter and 4chan.

Binghamton's Jeremy Blackburn said, "It's not like they're hacking anything—they're taking advantage of the weaknesses of people that we can't do anything about."

Blackburn said he doubts any purely technical measures can deter zoombombing, adding, "We need to think harder about mitigation strategies."

From Binghamton University News
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