Zoom Bombing Is Now A Crime

US Warns People that Zoom-bombing Is a Crime

Zoom Bombing (or crashing group video chats through Zoom) is now a crime. This craze swept across the nation particularly impacting those who published their invites publicly only to find unwanted idiots doing bizarre (use your imagination) things crashing chats used by teachers, charities, and businesses hoping to get through the current Covid-19 crisis by retaining social video conversations and remote meetings. Of course crises also bring out those who have a slightly warped sense of humor. Remember swatting? Now they will have to think twice or end up with a federal rap sheet. The CEO of Zoom recently appeared in interviews to reassure Zoom users that the company initially failed to nail down its security and has learned a valuable lesson. Zoom has patched vulns and is putting much more emphasis on security.

"Now, the Department of Justice, through the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Michigan, warns people who might attempt to interfere with the use of video-teleconferencing (VTC) platforms, such as Zoom, that it’s a crime.

"“Charges may include – to name just a few – disrupting a public meeting, computer intrusion, using a computer to commit a crime, hate crimes, fraud, or transmitting threatening communications. All of these charges are punishable by fines and imprisonment.”

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