Zoom ALERT! iPhone, Android or Windows users are at HIGH risk; Do this now

Using Zoom on your devices? Beware of this new threat which can install spyware and malware on your iPhone, Android or Windows devices without letting you know!

| Updated on: Aug 22 2022, 12:40 IST
To escape the impact of a new threat found in Zoom, you should update it urgently, experts suggested. (Bloomberg)
To escape the impact of a new threat found in Zoom, you should update it urgently, experts suggested. (Bloomberg)

When it comes to video calling, Zoom is one of the top-most meeting platforms that people use. And this wide popularity is one of the reasons that hackers have chosen it to seed malicious malware and spyware in users' devices via Zoom! Now, users have been alerted to this new threat which begins with a simple message and it puts your device at risk. Discovered by the security experts at Google's Project Zero team, the new Zoom bug is created in such a manner that a specially crafted and compromised message is sent to innocent victims by hackers. And this further led to online hackers sowing malicious code on a victim's device and launching spyware and malware attacks.

The most worrying factor about this Zoom bug is that you don't even need to interact with online fraudsters! The only thing that is needed for a hacker to execute the malware and spyware on your devices whether it is an Android smartphone, iPhone, or Windows laptop, is to send a Zoom message to the potential target.

The Zoom bug has been highlighted by Google Project Zero security researcher Ivan Fratric, who wrote in an online bug report, "This report describes a vulnerability chain that enables a malicious user to compromise another user over Zoom chat. User interaction is not required for a successful attack. The only ability an attacker needs is to be able to send messages to the victim over Zoom chat over XMPP protocol."

What should Zoom users do to escape the risk of this bug?

Due to its nature, the online video conferencing app, Zoom has marked this bug as a 'high' severity threat. Using the Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) model, Zoom has given it an 8.1 score out of 10. The concern is that the Zoom bug affects all supporting platforms, from Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, Chrome OS to iPhones.

Therefore, experts advise that all the Zoom users download the latest update which is version 5.10.0 right away. To do so, Sign in to your Zoom account. Tap on Profile picture and click Check for Updates. If there will be a newer version, Zoom will download and install it. This will help to restrict the potential risk to enter your device.

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First Published Date: 27 May, 11:28 IST
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