In a recent advisory, the Union Home Ministry has raised a red flag over the Zoom App. The notification has come when the work from home due to COVID-19 is taking prominence. The MHA has said the video conferencing over the Zoom App is not secure.
After the outbreak of COVID-19, the use of it has increased tremendously. It provides various options for the users for conferencing. It provides certain features like meetings, video webinars, conference rooms, Phone system, Chat.
It provides a platform for enterprises to connect with their co-workers and have a discussion with them. But after certain alleged complaints by the user of the password attack and data leak. Privacy security has become a big question in this App usage.
However, On April 1, in a blog post, Eric S Yuan, Zoom founder said the company is freezing all new features “effective immediately” and will be putting all of its engineering resources to focus on its “biggest trust, safety, and privacy issues.” The company also said, on 27 March, that it has removed the Facebook SDK in its iOS app and “have reconfigured it to prevent it from collecting unnecessary device information” from users.
On 30 March, CERT-IN said the application was vulnerable to cyber attacks, including leakage of sensitive information.
“Many organizations have allowed their staff to work from home to stop the spread of coronavirus disease. Online communication platforms such as Zoom App, Microsoft Teams, and Teams for Education, Slack, Cisco WebEx, etc are being used for remote meetings and webinars,” the advisory said.
“Insecure usage of the platform may allow cybercriminals to access sensitive information such as meeting details and conversations,” it added.
In its advisory by the Cyber Coordination Centre (CyCord) of the ministry of home affairs said: ” Zoom App is a not a safe platform,”.The ministry has issued the advisory and recommended avoiding the use of Zoom App but if it is necessary to use MHA has given some guidelines for safe usage:
Safety Guideline For Zoom App
- Keep the software updated to the latest version of the company release
- Download the software only from the source
- Use a new User Id and a newly created password for each meeting
- Lock the meeting once all the participant joined the meeting
- It is recommended that File transfer or sharing via Zoom App should be avoided
- Removed participants should be disabled from rejoining
- Screen sharing should be done by Host-only
- Join before hosting feature should be disables
- The recording of the meeting or the files should be restricted or disabled
- For a new user, waiting should be created and only allowed to join the meeting if the host allows the member to enter the meeting
- End the meeting completely do not just leave.
while on 13th April, the government also issued an advisory stating to all central government officers cautioning them against using third-party software and apps for sharing sensitive information over the internet. As there may be chances of cyber attack or data spillage issues.
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