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Smashing Security podcast #176: Hacking hacks and university attacks

Journalists spying on their rivals, the NHS rejects Apple and Google’s approach to Coronavirus-tracing, and universities are hit by an old-fashioned sexy lady attack.

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by Rik Ferguson.

Called to an urgent Zoom meeting with HR? It might be a phishing attack

Cybercriminals have sent out emails attempting to trick remote workers into believing they need to join a Zoom meeting to discuss their future employment.

Smashing Security podcast #175: Zoom deepfakes, Zardoz, and ‘Rona tracing

Will deepfake disguises hit a video conference near you, can Coronavirus-tracing apps be trusted, and should Facebook shut down anti-quarantine events?

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by Maria Varmazis.

This Zoom trick would have spared swearing politician’s blushes

The Welsh Assembly had a Zoom meeting today to discuss the government’s response to the Coronavirus pandemic.

It… err.. didn’t go entirely to plan. See what happened and how you can prevent it from happening to you.

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A Zoom zero-day exploit is up for sale for $500,000

There are reportedly two zero-day vulnerabilities present in the latest versions of Zoom for Windows and macOS – and exploits for the unpatched flaws are being actively hawked to anyone who might be prepared to pay.

Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security blog.

How to host safer Zoom meetings

The Coronavirus pandemic has forced many people to work from home for the first time, and use video conferencing apps that they’re not familiar with.

Guest contributor Philip Le Riche takes a closer look at what you can do to better protect your Zoom meetings.

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Zoom takes action after meeting IDs leak in careless screenshots

The video-conferencing app Zoom has been updated to remove the display of meeting IDs from its title bar, after a series of high profile privacy blunders by those sharing screenshots of their online meetings.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.

Smashing Security podcast #173: 5G fiascos, Zoom gloom, and butt biometrics

We take a look at the stinky backside of surveillance, gas about the latest video-conferencing threats, and jump into the murky world of 5G conspiracy theories.

All this and much much more is discussed in the latest edition of the “Smashing Security” podcast, with special guest technology broadcaster David McClelland.

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Zoom promises to improve its security and privacy as usage (and concern) soars

Having suddenly found itself with a gigantic increase in usage, Zoom was facing a crisis. It risked losing a large amount of the goodwill it had received because of revelations about its less-than-perfect attitude towards security and privacy.

Lets hope it keeps to its word and begins to threat the safety of its users as a priority.

Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security blog.

Smashing Security podcast #172: UncleF***Face

Carole details how companies are spying on their stay-at-home workers, Mikko Hyppönen discusses the trustworthiness of video chat apps, and Graham gets embarrassed when he admits he’s bought a Facebook Portal for his in-laws.

All this and much much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast with Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault.

The UK Cabinet is meeting on Zoom… here’s the meeting ID

In case you’ve lost the Zoom meeting ID for today’s UK Cabinet meeting, here it is.

Smashing Security podcast #171: WhatsApp hoaxes, Zoombombs, and 8-bit love

Blackmailers are threatening to infect your family with Coronavirus, trolls are making Zoom an unsafe place for those of a sensitive disposition, and what is the mysterious Dr Negrin audio message spreading on WhatsApp?

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast.

Apple pushes out another silent update to address flaws in RingCentral and other video conferencing apps

RingCentral and other video conferencing apps share the same flaws as those revealed in Zoom earlier this month, including the ability to hijack users’ webcams without their permission.

Apple pushes out further silent updates to protect users from sketchy app behaviour.

Apple pushes out silent update to remove sketchy Zoom code from Macs

Zoom, the makers of a video conferencing app used by millions of people around the world, did not handle the discovery of a privacy vulnerability its software at all well.

It’s a good thing, then, that Apple has nixed the software’s dodgy behaviour.

Smashing Security podcast #136: Oops, we created Iran’s hacking exploit

Mac users of the Zoom video conferencing app are warned their webcams could be hijacked, security firms warn of how scammers are deepfaking audio to steal from businesses, and our guest owns up to the role he played in an Iranian cyberattack against US organisations.

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by Charl van der Walt.

Zoom Mac flaw allows webcams to be hijacked – because they wanted to save you a click

If you have installed Zoom, any website can turn on your Mac’s webcam without asking your permission.

Oh, and if you’ve since uninstalled Zoom – that doesn’t fix the problem.