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Are you a private employee working from home due to coronavirus lockdown? Then here is an update for you!

Tens of thousands of private employees are using Zoom, a video conferencing app, part of their daily operations.

In a fresh advisory, the Indian Home Ministry said Zoom is ‘not safe’ for use by private individuals.

In fact, the government officials were already barred from using this video conferencing app.

The Ministry’s advisory came after the Computer Emergency Response Team of India (CERT-in)’s flagged cyber vulnerabilities associated with this app.

The advisory by the Cyber Coordination Center or CyCord said the message is most specific to the private individuals and informed government video conferences are happening through the National Informatics Center (NIC) platform.

Government officials were directed to refrain from using any third-party apps and services for any cyber-related information exchange and meetings.

The advisory recommends private individuals to be careful of DOS attacks, unauthorized access, intruder attacks and other malicious activity while using the Zoom app.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Cycord portal in December 2018 for cyber-related information exchange among law enforcements, government departments and other stakeholders.

“Many organisations have allowed their staff to work from home to stop the spread of coronavirus disease. Online communication platforms such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams and Teams for Education, Slack, Cisco WebEx etc are being used for remote meetings and webinars,” CERT-in advisories said in a statement on March 30 and April 06, 2020.

“Insecure usage of the platform may allow cybercriminals to access sensitive information such as meeting details and conversations,” the officials added.

In a recent interview, Zoom CEO Eric S Yuan has admitted of some mishappenings on the app in the recent times.

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Posted by IndianEra, 16/04/2020