“Virtual Social Distancing” – New Concept Implemented By Hackers During COVID-19


COVID-19, “Zoom-bombing”… Part of the process when it comes to being in a remote world is running into issues related to the cyber world. As we rely more and more on video conferencing to connect with our peers in our organization, hackers have found numerous ways to create chaos and has become the “virus” of the online world.

One such example of chaos is the recent case of racial comments along with the threats targeting Jewish students and disrupting classes at the University of Southern California.

Continuing the relentless efforts to keep the hackers away and cyberspace safe, Zoom has recently announced a New Security Toolbar Icon for Hosts. This may help call organizers to address cybersecurity issues in order to prevent cyber attacks.

Email phishing, SMS phishing and mobile malware attacks have been certain prominent types of nuisance that cyber criminals have been using other than zoom-bombing.

These methods are primarily designed to steal critical user information, financial information and generate fraudulent revenues from premium services.

The government agencies have been trying several ways to maintain optimum security. NCSC (National Cyber Security Centre) and CISA (Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency) have implemented “security guidelines” to execute secured behaviors on the internet.

What can you do personally to prevent coronavirus cyberattacks?

  • Stay hypervigilant, have precautionary systems in place.
  • If you get delivered any fraudulent notifications related to COVID-19, inform the right authorities ahead of time so that the impact can be minimized or completely eliminated.
  • Always refer back to the NCSC, CISA and DHS issued guidelines.
  • Maintain virtual social distancing by preventing visiting unsecured websites and clocking unknown links.
  • Avoid using public networks while conducting or participating in professional video conferences, to prevent the risks of hijacking.