Updated: March 31, 2020 06:40 PM
Created: March 31, 2020 05:40 PM
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is issuing a warning about video chats being hijacked by strangers with inappropriate messages.
The FBI said it has received multiple reports of so-called "Zoom-bombing," including some disturbing incidents in online classrooms. In Massachusetts, for example, uninvited guests have yelled profanity and displayed swastika tattoos during school video chats.
Zoom-bombing is a growing concern as more schools and businesses move meetings online because of the coronavirus pandemic.
"I think it feels like a virtual invasion of privacy," said Sam Richter, a technology entrepreneur from Minnetonka and founder of SBR Worldwide. "There's going to be a lot of copycats, so I think it's really important that companies and schools, in particular, are looking at this issue."
The FBI recommends the following steps be taken to mitigate teleconference hijacking threats:
And for teachers using video conferencing, Richter says, "You can also make sure everybody's muted. You can turn off their video so people can't see each other."
South Washington County Schools shared guidelines for their live virtual classrooms with 5 EYEWITNESS News. Cybersecurity protocols include:
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