Zoom Bombing Affecting CU Students
Zoom has taken off in popularity with students and workers working from home, and for good reason. The program is easy to use, and only requires that you open the link that is sent to you. You will automatically be added to the Zoom chat room, no login or logistics required.
Unfortunately, ease of access also means ease for hackers to take over. CU students have been dealing with Zoom bombings, which is when an unauthorized person joins the chat room, often disrupting the class by posting inappropriate content that takes over the users’ screens.
CU does not believe that the invaders are coming from students in the school, but rather from general trolls who are looking to be disruptive. CU professors have been provided with resources to prevent the attacks, but there is very little that can be done besides being aware of who is in the chatroom and kicking out any intruders.
Police have not investigated any of the incidents. Officers would investigate “if the actions were criminal,” a spokesperson said. “Words could become criminal if someone feels that their safety is threatened by those words.”
“Zoom is doing everything they can to be transparent about their issues and what they can do, and we are holding Zoom accountable for the security of their product and partnering with them to make sure we understand those security measures,” CU IT said of the incidents.