Apps and communication channels like Skype, Google Hangouts, Slack, and Zoom have recently seen a substantial rise in the number of downloads and visits because people are forced to stay indoors and practice self-isolation.
The video conferencing app Zoom, in particular, has become quite popular as daily meeting participants exceed 200 million. People are using this teleconferencing platform to conduct online classes, chat with friends and family members and even carry out business meetings.
However, now, according to Sixgill, a cybersecurity firm that specializes in investigating Dark Web, Zoom has become a target of scammers as there is a link posted on of the Dark Web marketplaces containing login information of over 352 verified Zoom accounts.
It mainly contains information of private users including names, email IDs, passwords, type of Zoom account, host keys, and meeting IDs, etc. However, one account belongs to unidentified US-based healthcare service, one is a small business, and seven accounts belong to educational institutions.
The link with the compromised accounts was discovered on April 1st, 2020 and it is believed that rather than profit, scammers have posted these accounts for the purpose of trolling Zoom meetings.
“On April 1st, an actor in a popular dark web forum posted a link to a collection of 352 compromised Zoom accounts. In comments on this post, several actors thanked him for the post, and one revealed intentions to troll the meetings,” wrote SixGill researcher in an email.
The link is open to public access and the data can be easily downloaded, as per the researchers at SixGill, which means that the real motive is to harm the already popularity of Zoom.
On the other hand, Zoom has stated that the company is currently inspecting the problem and will work on improving the security features of the app. If you are a Zoom user, make sure your login credentials are not shared with anyone. Stay safe online.