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SOU warns of 'real and unfortunate' Zoom bombing incidents with online classes

The university told students and staff that some people have displayed graphic, illegal, or even criminal content on academic Zoom meetings.

Posted: May 1, 2020 6:58 PM

ASHLAND, Ore. — Southern Oregon University has seen some very "real and unfortunate" incidents of Zoom Bombing since the school transitioned to remote learning, the school administration said in a message to students and staff on Friday.

"As many of you already know, the nationwide increase in remote learning and online meetings through Zoom, Google Meet, and other similar technology has resulted in many incidents of 'Zoom Bombing,'" chief information officer Thomas Battaglia began. "Zoom Bombing occurs when an uninvited or unauthorized person gains access to a video meeting."

According to Battaglia, there have been real and unfortunate 'Zoom Bombing' incidents in SOU remote classes and other meetings, including situations that have involved "graphic, illegal or criminal content or activity."

Battaglia urged meeting hosts and participants to "strictly observe" the following precautions:

1.) All meeting hosts MUST set meetings using their SOU authenticated accounts and be sure to avoid using personal accounts to run meetings.

2.) All meeting hosts MUST use settings that require approval to enter the meeting. This is enabled by default, but hosts MUST verify that this setting has not been changed.

3.) All meeting hosts MUST NOT admit unknown participants into a video meeting.

4.) All participants MUST NOT share meeting links for class activities with non-SOU students or personnel. Business meetings should be shared only with those that have a legitimate business need to participate in the meeting.

5.) All Zoom users should make sure their version of Zoom is up to date. Zoom version 5.0.1 is the latest version. Updating Zoom can be accomplished on your own. If you need assistance, contact I.T. and we will walk you through the procedure.

Anyone aware of an incident that wishes to seek support from SOU can submit a report HERE.

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