Zoom and E-Learning Hacking Incident
All teachers will stop using video conferencing platform Zoom for their home-based teaching, after hackers hijacked the streaming of a lesson to show obscene pictures to some students in Singapore.
The move is a precautionary measure until security issues have been ironed out, the Ministry of Education said last night.
It is investigating the Wednesday incident involving students of a school in the east of Singapore, and will make a police report if necessary, said its divisional director for the educational technology division. He also said home-based learning will continue but teachers will use alternative means to conduct their lessons.
Meanwhile, “we have reiterated and spelt out to all our teachers the security measures they must adhere to when using such video conferencing platforms. This includes requiring secure log-ins and not sharing the meeting link beyond the students in the class”, he said.
The hacking happened during a geography lesson for a Secondary 1 class. Hackers hijacked the streaming and showed the students obscene pictures.
The platform has been enjoying success owing to disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
We have been deeply upset by increasing reports of harassment on this platform and strongly condemn such behavior.
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