FBI Warns OF 'Zoom-Bombing' After Hackers Interrupt Mass. Online Classes

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — FBI Boston has issued a warning after two online classrooms, hosted by local schools, were recently hacked.

The FBI says it’s a form of hijacking called “Zoom-bombing,” and it’s a problem popping up across the country.

In one incident, a Massachusetts high school reported that an unknown person dialed into the online class, which was being conducted on teleconferencing software Zoom. The person “yelled a profanity and then shouted the teacher’s home address in the middle of instruction,” the FBI said.

Another Massachusetts school also reported an unknown person interfered with a Zoom meeting, and was “visible on the video camera and displayed swastika tattoos,” according to the FBI.

The FBI says there are ways to protect yourself against hackers while teleconferencing. They recommend not making meetings public, requiring a password, or using the waiting room feature in Zoom.

They also say not to put the link to the teleconference on a public platform, like social media. Send it to directly to people.

WBZ NewsRadio's Chris Fama (@CFamaWBZ) reports

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