Library meeting subjected to beheading video in Zoom hack - FOX34 Lubbock

Library meeting subjected to beheading video in Zoom hack

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

A police report shows the hack of a City of Lubbock meeting Monday showed attendees violent images of a beheading and a person's throat getting cut.

The city initially reported "a video was shown that was not authorized" Monday afternoon. Investigators report the hacker seized control of the public library meeting through the host's computer and injected the violent video almost as soon as citizens began joining the Zoom call.

The meeting host told investigators she didn't believe the images were live, but were of real violence. 

After a "short while," the hacker yielded control of the machine, allowing the host to end the video call. The host told police she would check for a recording and turn it over as evidence.

In late March, the FBI announced this kind of digital attack can be considered a violent crime, releasing this guidance for holding virtual meetings:

  • Do not make meetings or classrooms public. In Zoom, there are two options to make a meeting private: require a meeting password or use the waiting room feature and control the admittance of guests.
  • Do not share a link to a teleconference or classroom on an unrestricted publicly available social media post. Provide the link directly to specific people.
  • Manage screensharing options. In Zoom, change screensharing to “Host Only.”
  • Ensure users are using the updated version of remote access/meeting applications. In January 2020, Zoom updated their software. In their security update, the teleconference software provider added passwords by default for meetings and disabled the ability to randomly scan for meetings to join.
  • Lastly, ensure that your organization’s telework policy or guide addresses requirements for physical and information security.

If you were a victim of a teleconference hijacking, or any cyber-crime for that matter, report it to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at ic3.gov. Additionally, if you receive a specific threat during a teleconference, please report it to us at tips.fbi.gov.

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