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Education during Covid-19: Major Security Lapses with Zoom


Zoom that had previously gained popularity amongst schools and corporate offices is now under stringent scrutiny. Sixgill, a cybersecurity firm has revealed the presence of 352 Zoom accounts on the dark web. The details included passwords, email addresses and meeting credentials among others.

“One belonged to a major US health care provider, seven more to various educational institutions, and one to a small business,” Sixgill revealed in a statement.

Following several allegations and lawsuits, the chief executive of Zoom has apologised for “falling short” on privacy issues and promises actions to undo the lapses. CEO and founder Eric Yuan has confessed to the “ballooning” of Zoom overnight—something that was unimaginable prior to the COVID-19 lockdown. He admitted that the influx of new users had led to the inadequacies in handling the “community’s—and our own—privacy and security expectations.”

“For that, I am deeply sorry,” he further added in a blog.

The FBI issued repeated warnings of Zoombombings and sale of user data to a company system that tallied them with LinkedIn profiles, sending user data to Facebook and false claiming about end-to-end encryption. The New York Attorney General has sent a letter to zoom expressing his concerns and inquiring about the breaches.

“It risked losing a large amount of goodwill it had received because of revelations about its less-than-perfect attitude towards security and privacy,” expressed security consultant Graham Cluley.

Schools Switch to Social Media

Schools across United States forbid use of Zoom. In a bid to bridge the widening gap between schools and students, many government and private schools have taken resort to social media.  Anuradha Gupta, Director of School Education Jammu (DSEJ), has sent instructions to schools regarding streamlining classes for social media. The new policy would also include creation of Whatsapp Groups to update academic content and establish steady communication with students.

“Besides teaching and doubt clearing, activity-based assignments can be given to students in an organized manner,” reads a circular.

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