One of the appeals of using Zoom’s video conferencing product is its simplicity. Turns out that’s also one of its flaws, according to a blog post by a cybersecurity researcher that’s getting attention Tuesday.
The flaw exposes people with Apple computers using Zoom to having their cameras taken over remotely without permission, the post says. This means the hacker would be able to access users’ video conferences and also see whatever their webcams were pointed at, according to this report on Wired.
Self-described cybersecurity researcher Jonathan Leitschuh says the flaw exposes hundreds of thousands of companies that use Zoom for meetings and conference calls. He also criticized Zoom for its response once he’d exposed the flaw.
It’s among the first bits of bad news to confront Zoom since it went public in April to widespread praise and investor enthusiasm, and for now, it’s likely just a speed bump. Zoom shares, which traded lower most of the day before closing with a small gain, are still far above their IPO price.
Mr. Leitschuh’s post appeared to point the way to a repair of the problem, which Zoom initially resisted, Wired reported. But by late Tuesday, after spending a day in the spotlight for the wrong reasons, Zoom said it would fix the vulnerability overnight.