During this stressful time many people are turning to Zoom to stay connected and work!  I think the Zoom company is doing a great job and of course they are having massive growing pains.  I do not believe they are "spying" on you.

There are however hackers and scam artists.  Here is part of a warning from an authority:

Fake Zoom Downloader Is the Latest Method of Attack on Remote Workers 

Riding on the coattails of the massive rise in popularity in the video conference solution, remote workers new to Zoom need to be wary of where they get the Zoom installer program. 

We've written before about the various types of Zoom-related attacks that have sprouted up over the last two months. The latest chapter in this saga involves an actual Zoom installer program laden with backdoor malware. Available on malicious third-party sites (and not from Zoom's official website), these installers are offered up using phishing emails and spam campaigns designed to direct potential victims to these alternative installers. 

The compromised installer does deliver an installation of Zoom, but also installs the remote access trojan (RAT) WebMonitor, giving attackers remote access to an infected computer via a web browser. 

This kind of attack isn't new, but the rise in necessity and popularity of video conferencing solutions makes Zoom the perfect brand to leverage. 

To avoid becoming a victim, the simple answer here is to remind your users to do these two things:
  1. Don't act on unsolicited emails about software updates, even if they seem pertinent.
  2. Only download software from the official website, if at all.

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