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“Zoom app is not safe”: The Government of India warns people on meeting app

Popular video conferencing app Zoom has been in the headlines in recent times for security reasons. The government today said, Zoom video conferencing app is not safe. The Government has issued advisory for the safety of individuals who are still using Zoom app for private or personal usage, official calls and for online classes for teaching.  Due to the lockdown situation in the world, individuals and officials, in fact everybody downloaded Zoom for video meetings.  But India’s Cyber Coordination Center (CyCord) has stated Zoom app as ‘NOT SAFE’. The latest advisory came after the warnings given by Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-in). The Home Ministry had already ordered that the video meeting app Zoom will not be used by the government officials. This advisory has not asked to stop using this app but users have been given some instructions to take precaution.

Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) says, “Zoom is not a safe platform”, issues advisory for those who want to use it. Zoom is an online video-conferencing application/software. pic.twitter.com/zhWsFaLQr4

— ANI (@ANI) April 16, 2020

It suggests the user to ‘lock meeting option’ enabled once the meeting has started. The advisory also suggests users to create different ID and passwords for all meetings. Users can also enable ‘disable join before host’ so that users can only join the meeting after the host or administrator has logged in. ‘Allow removed participants to re-join’ option can be disabled.  The CyCord guidelines are about certain important settings in the Zoom app to restrict unauthorized entry of hackers in a meeting. US Cyber Security experts had detected over 5 lakh usernames and passwords of Zoom app for sale on dark web. Hackers were selling 5 lakh login details on dark web for about $0.0020 per account.