Published on April 6th, 2020 📆 | 2665 Views ⚑0
School districts reportedly ban Zoom over security issues
School districts are apparently banning their teachers from using Zoom to teach remotely in the midst of the Microsoft Teams “as soon as possible,” Chalkbeat reported., citing surrounding the videoconferencing app. New York City’s Department of Education urged schools to switch to
Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza wanted teachers to “gradually transition” to another service, the education-focused outlet noted.
Nevada’s Clark County Public Schools disabled Zoom access, according to the Washington Post, while schools in Utah and Washington state are reassessing its use.
The video meeting app’s security has come into focus in recent days, from its tattle-tale attention-tracking feature to uninvited attendees meetings. New York Attorney General Letitia James sent a letter demanding action from the company, while security researchers discovered bugs that might let hackers seize control of webcams and microphones on Zoom users’ Macs.
Instagram, Twitter, Reddit and 4Chan are being used tothat’d allow the hijacking of Zoom calls, prompting the FBI to issue a warning about the practice.
Last Wednesday, Zoom CEO Eric Yuanto address the security issues in the next 90 days, and noted that daily meeting participants ballooned from 10 million in December to 200 million in March as the outbreak forced people to stay and work from home.
Neither Zoom nor the New York City Department of Education immediately responded to requests for comment.