Video conferencing application Zoom has emerged as a popular means of communication during the coronavirus pandemic.

The rise of Zoom has been accompanied by the rise of ‘Zoom-bombing’; this is when strangers join Zoom conferences.

While particular instances of ‘Zoom-bombing’ might be considered humorous, some parties partake in the practice with the intention of hijacking conferences with pornographic imagery, threats, and profanity, as well as accessing confidential information.

Zoom users are cautioned about sharing their meeting identification numbers on social media to avoid this happening. Furthermore, users have been advised to not discuss sensitive material via Zoom, because it is an online interface and is vulnerable to hacking.