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Zoom Bombing

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Last week, we had another reported incident of “zoom-bombing” in one of our classes. Quick action was taken by the instructors to minimize disruption and UT authorities are investigating to determine if we can identify the culprits. With that said, we want to remind everyone of different controls available to meeting hosts to avoid the damage of such an attack. 

First, be proactive in protecting your Zoom session. if you are the host, there are a couple of ways to minimize this risk, including:

  1. Only allow authenticated users
  2. Require a passcode
  3. Use a Waiting Room

Instructions for managing your security settings.

Meeting size and context will factor into the methods you choose. See more detailed instructions on OIT’s Working and Teaching Remotely page.

If intruders do disrupt your class, one can quickly select Security>Suspend All Participant Activities, and any participant activity will immediately be silenced and full control provided to the host. You can see the detailed instructions online in the OIT Knowledge Base.

Finally, in the event of an unauthorized intrusion during the meeting, we ask that you report the incident by notifying the OIT HelpDesk and providing details related to the meeting. Should the incident be considered abusive or criminal in nature, the instructor or host must report the incident to the UT Police Department for investigation.