Also known as Zoombing, it is a phenomenon that has been depopulating video conferencing platforms such as Zoom since March 2020, compromising computer security in distance learning.
These attacks are different from the more well-known ones, which take place on video call platforms. These attacks are organised in a similar way to the campaigns of insults, threats and harassment that take place on social networks, which have been seen several times in recent years.
On particular groups on social networks and messaging apps, access codes for meetings and lessons on Zoom are disseminated, often made public by the organisers themselves, who do not imagine possible negative consequences, such as an invitation to disrupt and interrupt video lessons.
The New York Times also found a large number of social profiles and accounts where these access codes were shared, with the aim of disrupting and sabotaging these conferences: 153 on Instagram, dozens on Twitter and numerous discussion forums on Reddit, which then intervened by closing the platform.
The motivations of some users to purposely disrupt the video conferences are different. Some are more ‘innocent’: they are teenagers who, bored, enjoy playing these pranks, not far removed from classic prank phone calls. Others interrupt video conferences or lessons to show, for example, explicit or violent material, or even racist or pornographic material.
To prevent this, it is advisable not to share the online link to the video lecture, especially on social networks. In addition, you can create waiting rooms where you can see who wants to participate in the meeting that is about to start and choose among them who can and cannot enter.