InfoGram

FBI guidance on securing video teleconferencing

Posted: April 9, 2020

As large numbers of people turn to video teleconferencing (VTC) platforms to stay connected during the COVID-19 crisis, reports of VTC hijacking (also called “Zoom bombing”) are emerging nationwide. The FBI has received multiple reports of conferences being disrupted by pornographic and/or hate images and threatening language.

The FBI recommends the following steps to mitigate teleconference hijacking threats:

  • Do not make meetings or classrooms public. In Zoom, there are two options to make a meeting private: require a meeting password or use the waiting room feature and control the admittance of guests.
  • Do not share a link to a teleconference or classroom through an unrestricted website or a publicly available social media post. Provide the link directly to specific people.
  • Manage screensharing options. In Zoom, change screensharing to “Host Only.”
  • Ensure users are using the updated version of remote access/meeting applications.
  • Ensure that your organization's telework policy or guide addresses requirements for physical and information security.

If you are a victim of a teleconference hijacking, or any cybercrime for that matter, the FBI requests that you report it to the Internet Crime Complaint Center. If you receive a specific threat during a teleconference, please report it at tips.fbi.gov.

Other articles include:

  • DHS releases COVID-19 resource guide for law enforcement
  • Downloadable tool helps hospitals, responders optimize PPE use
  • Webinar: Fire As a Weapon
  • Cybersecurity threat and vulnerability updates

Download InfoGrams

PDF ~200 KB

July 30, 2020
July 23, 2020
  • Illegal grow houses put firefighters at risk
  • List of online COVID-19-related training available on TRAIN website
  • COVID-19 Recovery CISA Tabletop Exercise Package (CTEP)
  • Webinar: Public Health Leadership in Times of Crisis
  • Cybersecurity threat and vulnerability updates
July 16, 2020
  • Resources to help identify counterfeit PPE
  • FDA adds to the list of dangerous hand sanitizers containing methanol
  • FEMA releases updated public assistance guidance
  • New industrial control system security 5-year strategy released
  • Cybersecurity threat and vulnerability updates
July 9, 2020
  • COVID-19 testing guidance for first responders
  • FEMA national engagement period for resource management
  • Weekly webinar series focuses on EMS patient care and operations
  • Webinar: Infrastructure Resiliency and Continuity of Operations
  • Cybersecurity threat and vulnerability updates

July 2, 2020
  • New NFPA guides on reopening buildings during COVID-19
  • Chemical Safety Board issues new hurricane video safety message
  • FEMA's interim guidance on sheltering during pandemic response
  • UL releases report on fire suppression of multi-family dwellings
  • Cybersecurity threat and vulnerability updates
June 25, 2020
June 18, 2020
  • Hospital operations during civil unrest
  • CISA publishes cyber guides to support 9-1-1
  • Fireworks safety and a stressed-out public
  • Webinar: Post-Traumatic Stress Injuries, Self-Medicating and Coping
  • Cybersecurity threat and vulnerability updates
June 11, 2020
June 4, 2020
  • DHS updates Chemical Properties Database for Law Enforcement Ops
  • CISA releases first of six Cyber Essential Toolkits
  • Medical Operations Coordination Cells toolkit
  • State-by-State Reopening Guidance
  • Cybersecurity threat and vulnerability updates
May 28, 2020
  • NENA releases second report on 911 and COVID-19
  • FEMA releases guide on hurricane response during pandemic
  • Online training: Contact Tracing for Public Health Professionals
  • Webinar: COVID-19 and Wildfire
  • Cybersecurity threat and vulnerability updates
May 21, 2020
May 14, 2020
May 7, 2020
  • Drug use, overdoses soar as people get stuck at home
  • Guidance for First Responder Interactions with COVID-19 Patients
  • ICE launches website to combat COVID-19 fraud, counterfeit products
  • State of 911 Webinar: GIS data and COVID-19, translating text-to-911
  • Cybersecurity threat and vulnerability updates
April 30, 2020
April 23, 2020
April 16, 2020
  • 911 guidance for pandemic response
  • PPE Preservation Best Practices: reduce, reuse, repurpose
  • Letter of guidance, appreciation to emergency managers from FEMA
  • Webinar: EMS Patient Care and Operations
  • Cybersecurity threat and vulnerability updates
April 9, 2020
  • FBI guidance on securing video teleconferencing
  • DHS releases COVID-19 resource guide for law enforcement
  • Downloadable tool helps hospitals, responders optimize PPE use
  • Webinar: Fire As a Weapon
  • Cybersecurity threat and vulnerability updates
April 2, 2020
  • Minimizing stress during the COVID-19 crisis
  • Rumor control, scams, fake vaccines and coronavirus related malware
  • New tool helps planners weigh which projects are most beneficial
  • Webinar: Cost Recovery for COVID-19 Actions by Fire and EMS Agencies
  • Cybersecurity threat and vulnerability updates
March 26, 2020
  • Mutual aid resource planner
  • COVID-19 cost recovery for fire and EMS departments
  • Improving your risk and crisis communication
  • Webinars: Coping with COVID-19: Best Practices for Police, Fire/EMS
  • Cybersecurity threat and vulnerability updates
March 19, 2020
  • The dangers of mixing household cleaners
  • IAFC coronavirus dashboard for fire departments, survey
  • Counter-IED security and resiliency annex for healthcare facilities
  • Webinar: Addressing Trending Topics on Social Media
  • Cybersecurity threat and vulnerability updates
March 12, 2020
March 5, 2020
  • Why you should take the time to dox yourself
  • Past FEMA PrepTalks speak to current coronavirus emergency
  • Upcoming BMAP administrator trainer, community liaison courses
  • Active Shooter Training for Houses of Worship
  • Cybersecurity threat and vulnerability updates
Feb. 27, 2020
  • A look at the health impact of wildland fire smoke exposure
  • COVID-19 webinar now available to train EMS and 911 personnel
  • National Cybersecurity Assessments and Technical Service
  • Webinars: complex coordinated attacks and securing houses of worship
  • Cybersecurity threat and vulnerability updates
Feb. 20, 2020
Feb. 13, 2020
Feb. 6, 2020
  • PHMSA grants tackle safety awareness, training for first responders
  • Coronavirus updates, interactive map, guidance now available
  • DEA releases annual findings on country’s drug threat
  • Security and Resiliency Guides help you prepare for IEDs
  • Cybersecurity threat and vulnerability updates
Jan. 30, 2020
  • First responders: prepare your family for disasters
  • FirstNet deployables: what you should know before making a request
  • Justice Department changes drone rules in policy update
  • Newly revised Executive Fire Officer program application period open
  • Cybersecurity threat and vulnerability updates
Jan. 23, 2020
  • Coronavirus: make infection control a priority
  • USFA releases 20th edition of Fire in the United States, Emergency planning for behavioral health
  • Six-part firefighter cancer risk webinar series begins in February
  • Cybersecurity threat and vulnerability updates
Jan. 16, 2020
Jan. 9, 2020
  • Wear blue on Jan. 11 for human trafficking awareness
  • Updated NTAS Bulletin covers changed threat landscape after airstrike
  • FEMA upgrades Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS)
  • Webinar: North Bay Wildfires: lessons learned from REDCOM Dispatch
  • Cybersecurity threat and vulnerability updates
Jan. 2, 2020
Dec. 19, 2019
Dec. 12, 2019
Dec. 5, 2019
Nov. 21, 2019
  • Quality performance measures for EMS stakeholders released
  • FEMA updates Procurement Disaster Assistance Team Field Manual
  • Real Estate Information Sharing and Analysis Center bridges the public-private partnership gap
  • Webinar: Public Safety Drone Programs – A Multidiscipline Approach
  • Cybersecurity threat and vulnerability updates
Nov. 14, 2019
  • Hospital evacuation challenges during a wildfire
  • U.S. Secret Service releases new research on school violence
  • 2020 National Level Exercise focuses on cybersecurity
  • Making Mitigation Work webinar series
  • Cybersecurity threat and vulnerability updates
Nov. 7, 2019
  • Mitigating occupational injuries for EMS
  • Registration now open for CDP’s Tribal Training Week 2020
  • New Cyber Essentials answers the question Where do I start?
  • Webinar: Surviving the Service – Cardiac, Cancer, Behavioral Threats
  • Cybersecurity threat and vulnerability updates
Oct. 31, 2019
Oct. 24, 2019
  • 2019 Wildfire Risk Report, new prediction methods
  • New online webPOISONCONTROL digital triage poison center
  • CFATS revision: Congress works on new chemical security amendments
  • Pre-Disaster Recovery Planning Guide for Tribal Governments
  • Cybersecurity threat and vulnerability updates
Oct. 17, 2019
  • Protect yourself from fentanyl exposure
  • Want to reduce disaster recovery costs? Spend more on mitigation
  • Hazardous Materials Markings, Labeling and Placarding Guide
  • Webinar: Smart Villages and Resilience to Natural Disasters
  • Cybersecurity threat and vulnerability updates
Oct. 10, 2019
Oct. 3, 2019
  • Firefighter cancer study finds link between screening, safety officers
  • FEMA requests input on disaster housing, financial management, PIOs
  • Fire Prevention Week Oct. 6-12, 2019: Not every hero wears a cape
  • Webinar: Emergency Childcare Services Post-Disaster
  • Cybersecurity threat and vulnerability updates
Sept. 26, 2019
  • Learn how to stay safe at roadway incidents
  • 2020 EMI Virtual Tabletop Exercise Program schedule released
  • Office for Bombing Prevention Webinar Series for first responders
  • October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month
  • Cybersecurity threat and vulnerability updates
Sept. 19, 2019
Sept. 12, 2019
Sept. 5, 2019
  • Chemical suicide: assess the scene to reduce your risk
  • National Fire Academy superintendent discusses changes to Executive Fire Officer Program in podcast
  • Insider Threat Awareness Month
  • Webinar: Social Media Monitoring in Public Health Emergencies
  • Cybersecurity threat and vulnerability updates
Aug. 29, 2019
Aug. 22, 2019
  • Lessons from one city's fight against the opioid epidemic
  • Social Media and School Violence training for law enforcement
  • USFA report: Fire-Related Firefighter Injuries (2015-2017)
  • Webinar: Shaken Fury 19 — tools and technologies used by stakeholders
  • Cybersecurity threat and vulnerability updates
Aug. 15, 2019
  • MRI technology dangers to first responders
  • Distracted driving now a way of life — serious threat to first responders
  • NOAA ups forecast for above-normal hurricane season
  • Free course: Leadership for the Fire and Emergency Services
  • Cybersecurity threat and vulnerability updates