While IT companies were promoting Work from Home and Virtual meetings for Official work which was making Zoom Meeting a popular platform amongst the IT professionals, the news for it being hacked led the world into another topic of discussion related to their privacy. Our World was not recovered from the deadly CoronaVirus Disease until this new scam occupied the IT world. More than 5 Million accounts were hacked during the Lockdown phase around the globe. Zoom Meeting application witnessed an unprecedented level of growth in the past few weeks and credit for this goes to the Covid-19 pandemic which forced people to stay in their homes and use more of video conferencing calls to avoid public meetings to help spread of Covid-19.
The cybersecurity team named CYBLE discovered the hackers were selling stolen zoom credentials at mud-cheap prices or selling it for free on Dark Web. CYBLE in returned purchased for more than 5.3 Million accounts over the dark web on a hacking forum and on further investigating these credentials included personal meeting URLs and Zoom account keys for which the credentials were valid. The case was further taken by Bleeping Computer where they recovered few accounts and the account owners confirmed that the passwords were correct. However, the most concerning this among the hacked accounts was that the password was never changed from long and has been used by the individuals elsewhere as well.
How Zoom got Compromised over Obsolete Passwords
Passwords are a huge security issue for the general public especially in critical accounts like Bank details and Accounts. It is always recommended to change the passwords frequently and not to use the same password for all the accounts but the problem is similar if, we talk about Zoom Account hacks major accounts that were hacked had the same password which has not been changed and they were used elsewhere. The problem is fatigue users who think since they cannot remember the old passwords so it’s better to use the old stand by a password for different accounts.
We should always remember how hackers operate, they try to access your passwords almost every time and if anytime they are successful they store the passwords in a form of Criminal Database and they use it to break into your new accounts that have been created. Our email accounts and a similar kind of usernames we create have been stored for many years and the same is the reason why we get spam or junk emails daily, I am sure you must be getting it too. It becomes easy for the hackers to get into your account someday or the other but we must be prepared with the common attempts to secure our accounts.
DarkWeb for the Sale of Zoom Accounts
There is no reason one cannot think why the dark web was chosen for selling of these hacked account credentials, today as well Dark Web remains the safest platform for all the hackers with modifications being made to it every day. Darknet and overlay networks can be accessed through the internet but require certain software, configurations, and Authorisation for access. It’s a small part of deep web information which the search engines cannot access, the deep web is the same name for DarkWeb.
Accessing information over DarkWeb is a critical task due to its unencrypted nature thus, it’s not easily traced, even Ransomware uses a similar platform for its activities and BitCoin trading. Zoom Accounts were displayed on DarkWed at a low cost or were given away for free just to broadcast the meeting essentials on the internet.
Zoom made multiple modifications in terms of its security parameters and tried to justify the hack with multiple released features for Phones, elevated Phone calls on Zoom meetings, and transition of zoom calls from phone to web without much hassle.
After its hack in April 2020, Zoom has added additional security features that will be available to all users by default from April onwards. Zoom received a huge criticism for its privacy features but in addition to it now users will have to use passwords to login to Zoom Accounts and Waiting rooms have been created to prevent the hackers from interrupting the meetings and chats. Let’s hope Zoom will manage its reputation that has been created overages and will upgrade the technology with advancements. Stay with us on our further blogs to know more about technology and IT Services, if you need help with IT Services, call us now on 770-486-2070.