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"Zoom Not A Safe Platform," Government, Warns People On Video Conference Service
"Zoom not a safe platform," says the government, warns people on video conference service for meetings
"Zoom Not A Safe Platform," Government, Warns People On Video Conference Services
New Delhi: The government today said, issuing a set of guidelines for private users to follow to stay safe in case they use it says Zoom is not a safe platform for video conference.
In the guidelines the government said, will prevent unauthorized entry in the conference room and even malicious activity by authorized participants on the terminal of the other participants.
It would also avoid DOS attack by restricting users through passwords and access grant
"Most of the settings can be done by login into users zoom account at website, or installed application at PC/Laptop/Phone and also during conduct of conference. However certain settings are possible through certain mode/channel only," the guidelines from the Union home ministry read.
"Leading business houses and governments and others who need confidentiality should not be using this software," an officer in the cyber unit said.
India's nodal cyber security agency Cert-In website had earlier warned users of the video-conferencing app that it was prone to breaches. The guidelines came following instances of leaked passwords and hackers hijacking video calls midway through conferences.
Google has reportedly banned the Zoom app from all employees' computers over security vulnerabilities and Singapore has banned teachers using Zoom after hackers posted obscene images on screens. The app has also been banned for usage in Germany, Singapore, and Taiwan.
Even the Australian Signals Directorate or ASD intelligence agency last week cautioned users to stay away from insecure video conferencing applications.
ASD's New Zealand counterpart, the Government Communications Security Bureau, has cleared the use of Zoom for public servants up to the "restricted" information classification level, but not for the stricter "secret" and "Top secret" levels.