Zoom has launched a new feature – the “At-Risk Meeting Notifier” – that can alert conference organizers when their online meetings are at risk of getting disrupted by Zoom Bombing attacks.
Zoom Bombing is when uninvited people connect to a Zoom room and disrupt a meeting by throwing insults, playing pornographic content, or making threats to other participants. The incidents usually take place after one of the invited participants shares a link, and possibly the password, to a Zoom meeting on social media – often with malicious intent.
Zoom has taken previous steps to combat this problem by enforcing meeting passwords and adding a “Report Participant” button, but the Zoom bombings have continued to take place.
The new At-Risk Meeting Notifier feature runs on Zoom’s backend servers and works by continuously scanning public posts on social media and other public sites for Zoom meeting links. When it finds a Zoom meeting URL, it automatically sends an email to the conference organizers with a warning that other people may be able to access their room and possibly disrupt the meeting. Organizers can then schedule a new meeting with a different ID and enable security safeguards – such as the Waiting Room feature – which can help filter out intruders. Zoom has also introduced a new “suspend participant activities” feature to the app which pauses the video session to allow time to take the necessary security measures.
The new feature is enabled by default and users will not need to take any action in their accounts in order to activate it.