NCC Sends Warning to Nigerians Using Zoom Meeting App Over ‘Remote Attacker’

NCC Sends Warning to Nigerians Using Zoom Meeting App Over ‘Remote Attacker’

  • A virus has been discovered on the Zoom meeting app, which grants remote attacker access
  • The Commission warns Nigerians to be cautious because the virus was discovered by an Indian security firm
  • With over 300 million daily users, the video telephony platform became popular for virtual meetings in the aftermath of the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Nigerian Communications Commission’s Computer Security Incident Response Team (NCC-CSIRT) has advised Nigerians with Zoom app on their digital devices to install the latest software update.

According to the commission, there's a discovery of vulnerabilities in the Zoom app that a remote attacker can exploit.

NCC announced this in an advisory issued on its website and official Twitter account.

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Rear view of a businesswoman having a meeting with team over a video conference Credit: Luis Alvarez
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What did NCC say?

According to the advisory by NCC-CSIRT, the virus was first discovered by the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In).

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The Leadership reports that NCC noted that a remote attacker could exploit the vulnerabilities to circumvent implemented security measures and cause a denial of service on the targeted machine.

Other parts of the report read:

"These vulnerabilities exist owing to incorrect access control implementation in Zoom On-Premises Meeting Connector MMR prior to version 4.8.20220815.130.
"A remote attacker could exploit these flaws to join a meeting they were not permitted to attend without being seen by the other attendees. They can also access audio and video feeds from meetings they were not permitted to attend, as well as interrupt other sessions.
"A successful exploit of these vulnerabilities could allow an unauthorized remote authenticated user to bypass implemented security limitations on the targeted system."

To update, simply follow this link.

Cost of data, calls to increase as telecommunication companies write NCC for tariff change reported that Nigerians are set to pay more for calls and data as telecommunication companies propose a new tariff increase of 40 per cent.

They made this known in a letter they sent to the Nigerian Communications Commission titled, ‘Impact of the Economic and Security Issues on the Telecommunications Sector.

The letter was written by the telecommunications companies under the aegis of the Association of Licensed Telecommunication Operators of Nigeria to the NCC.


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