Days after the coronavirus lockdown many people were advised to do work from home. Many offices adopted the zoom app to take meetings and discuss official data. But the usage of zoom app is no safer. The ethical and unethical hackers are capable of starling the data through the app.
The Ministry of Home Affairs asked the govt to avoid the use of zoom app to conduct official meetings. The software of this app is said to be made in China and some calls get routed through the country as well. This makes the data shared extremely unsafe.
US-based zoom app can be easily hacked by the hackers and the data can be stolen. The govt officials have advised the officials not to use this app while the Cyber Coordination (CyCord) Centre of MHA has issued a detailed advisory for using the app for private purposes.
Since the lockdown began many offices held meetings through video conferencing. Not just this the govt official Rajnath Singh and Ram Nath Kovind also held meeting using the zoom app to take updates on COVID-19. All of them have been advised to not use the app and aby other third-party app and use the National Informatics Centre (NIC) instead for govt meetings.
The number of zoom app users went from 15 million to 200 million during the lockdown period.
Advisory given by CERT on 30 March said:
“Zoom is a popular video conferencing platform. Insecure usage of the platform may allow cybercriminals to access sensitive information such as meeting details and conversations.”
Many Multinational Companies like Google, SpaceX and NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) have banned its usage.
If you had been using the Zoom app for conducting confidential meetings, be safe as your data can be hacked anytime.