By Billy Hammond (Copyright AELS)

April 19, 2020

I’d read that ZOOM, the conferencing app, was pretty cool when it comes to setting up and holding meetings. It’s started to take off here in Japan spurred on by the Covid-19 pandemic. I installed it on a Windows 10 PC and then played around with it for a while before deciding to do some research to check out my concerns.

I soon learned about “Zoom bombing” (Zoom raiding) where someone intrudes into a video conference call to disrupt it. In the US, hackers have even disrupted government meetings being conducted using the app. Instances of culprits posting hate speech and porn and even that of a pervert exposing himself to elementary school kids taking a class using the app can be found on the Net. The FBI has even issued a warning with guidance for the app.

The app has too many security problems for me to want to keep it on my machine, so I uninstalled it and plan to reinstall it only when I have to and then uninstall it after using it. Forget about using it to transmit classified information. As of the end of last month, the app didn’t support end-to-end encryption. It still might be a fun app for conferences with friends where you don’t give a damn who hears what you’re talking about.

ZOOMアプリ安全保障問題

ネット上のいくつかのブログでオンライン会合アプリ『ZOOM』は便利だと読んだのでWindows 10パソコンにインストールしてみた。しばらく遊んでからいくつかの疑問が浮かんできたため、少し調べた。

調べ始めた途端、外国では『Zoomボミング(爆撃)』が広まっているだと知った。Zoom爆撃とはハッカーがビデオ会議コールに侵入し、邪魔するとのことだ。アメリカにはハッカーが既に政府の会合に侵入したケーズもある。犯人が憎悪発言(ヘイトスピーチ)やポルノを小学校のオンライン授業やビジネス会合にポストした例もある。米国のFBIまでが注意を呼び掛けている。

調べた上、私にとってはZoomアプリの問題が多すぎるため、アンインストールした。必要な時に再度インストールして使い終わってからアンインストールするつもりだ。先月の末日の時点ではZoomは終端間暗号化に対応していなかったため機密情報通信には役立たないアプリだけど、友人との誰でも聞いてもかまわない会話には便利かも。

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English novels by Billy Hammond published by AELS

(AELS出版英語書籍リスト)

 

I. Majoh Gakuin and Hikari Juku – Japanese Witch Schools Trilogy

1. Majoh Gakuin & Hikari Juku – Japanese Witch Schools

2. Lost Witch (The second book)

3. Fate & Magic (The final book in the trilogy)

II. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire Trilogy

1. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire

2. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire – Returns

3. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire – Challenges (The final book in the trilogy)

III. Fantasy fiction set in Japan

1. 21st Century Ninja

2. Regressed

3. Japanese Woman

IV. Fantasy fiction set outside of Japan

1. Dimension Jumpers

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