Zoom has another lousy thing going for them now amidst all the chaos within their systems and their 90-day plan. Currently, Singapore has barred Zoom from being used by their teachers due to the "Zoom bombings."
Zoom Banned From Singapore
Singapore has temporarily banned Zoom after learning that students became a target by troll attacks during online classes. On Friday, Apr. 10, The country's Ministry of Education announced that it would be launching inquiries into several "very serious incidents" wherein some students were reportedly exposed to lewd images and comments during live-streamed sessions of classes -- something called "Zoom bombing" that's been a nuisance ever since people are now forced to stay in their homes and conduct their businesses or classes to make up for the social distancing.
Aaron Loh of the department's educational technology division said, "MOE (Ministry of Education) is currently investigating both breaches and will lodge a police report if warranted," as stated by Reuters.
No specifics about the kinds of incidents really, but they were reports that several strange men were crashing to a virtual geography lesson only to show obscene images and making lude comments towards teenage students, reported local media. Loh also said that Singapore's teachers are now banned from using Zoom "until these security issues are ironed out."
Zoom spokesperson reached out regarding the concern via email and had this to say, "We have been deeply upset by increasing reports of harassment on our platform and strongly condemn such behavior. We are listening to our community of users to help us evolve our approach and help our users guard against these attacks."
The statement highlights some of the standard security precautions Zoom has been implementing over the past few weeks. Features like making digital waiting rooms, and of course, password-requirements for virtual conference enabled rooms now by default, which is added in the "Security" menu. They soon removed Zoom ID, a tag that's commonly used to spread among the trolls as part of their coordinated attacks from the toolbar itself.
Singapore has not banned Zoom for the meantime, but that's not all, they also are doing restrictions as well as precautions from lawmakers worldwide to take action against the video conferencing company. On Monday, New York City has issued a similar ban among their digital classrooms, citing still the widespread cybersecurity issues that Zoom's shareholders have since been sued over.
Zoom has been lacking necessary end-to-end encryption despite what they previously published that they do.
Officials from Taiwan and Germany are also now restricting government employees to use Zoom, and even Google, the tech giant, has barred the desktop version for their company's use until further notice.
Things are going from bad to worse, and we have already talked about this on a previous article, which you should check out after reading this to know why it's so crucial that Zoom needs to get back on track.