Original Story: Be careful around the video conferencing app Zoom; a feature in the product's Mac client can theoretically let a stranger spy on you via the web camera. For Zoom users to invite people to a video-conferencing meeting on the app, they need only share a web link.
If clicked on, the link will automatically start up the Zoom app—assuming the user has it installed—and begin recording through the Mac's web camera. The same feature can be exploited to spy on Zoom users, according to security researcher Jonathan Leitschuh, who started investigating the app earlier this year.
According to Leitschuh, a hacker could create a meeting and embed a link to it in a website. If a Mac owner then visited that site, the Zoom app would automatically launch and begin recording from the web camera. To demonstrate the threat, Leitschuh created proof-of-concepts showing how the attack can work. Be warned: clicking on the links will jumpstart the Zoom app on a Mac, and pull you into a video meeting populated by strangers. The attack can also work on Windows-based computers if you've allowed your internet browser to automatically run Zoom meetings.
If you've ever checked this box on any browser other than Safari, you are vulnerable as well. In response, Zoom rolled out a patch designed to prevent a meeting creator from enabling participants' web cameras by default. However, Leitschuh claims the patched version can still let a hacker activate webcams. Despite Leitschuh's warnings, Zoom is downplaying the security concerns. Select the audio and video input. Choose specific actions associated with Streaming or Recording video from the camera. The recorded video can have a time stamp and you get control over color, placement, fonts, and font size.
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