Singapore’s Ministry of Education (MOE) has temporarily banned teachers from using Zoom due to reported privacy concerns and Zoom bombings amid the COVID-19 pandemic. According to reports, there have also been incidences of Zoom bombings during online lessons in Singapore schools. One incident – during a geography lesson live stream – had male strangers making lecherous comments as pornographic images appeared.
“These are very serious incidents. MOE (Ministry of Education) is currently investigating both breaches and will lodge a police report if warranted. As a precautionary measure, our teachers will suspend their use of Zoom until these security issues are ironed out,” MOE’s Divisional director for Educational Technology Division Aaron Loh said in an interview.
When asked for a comment, Zoom’s chief marketing office Janine Pelosi said that the company is deeply upset about reports of harassment on its platform. She added that Zoom is committed to providing educators a safe and secure platform and that the company is evolving its approach to help users guard against similar attacks. In fact, just recently, Zoom made waiting rooms and password requirements a default for video conferences.