Major Videoconferencing Equipment Provider Could Be Susceptible to Hacking
TMCnet Contributing Writer
There’s a reason that just anybody isn’t allowed into the meetings of top companies. With all of the sensitive information and proprietary secrets that are discussed, allowing access to a non-employee would be nothing short of catastrophic. But it turns out that if a company is using videoconferencing software to conduct its meetings, it could be at risk of exactly that.
According to an article from TravelMole, a group of security researchers from Dell (News - Alert) have determined that a group of Chinese hackers is attempting to virtually break into the offices of a company that produces videoconferencing equipment. The researchers did not specify the effected company, but did say that they had informed them of the issue.
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It is assumed that the hackers are trying to get access to the source code of the company’s software, where they would then be able to look for vulnerabilities that would allow them to eavesdrop on meetings being conducted with it. Given the prevalence of videoconferencing, if the hackers had been successful, it would have allowed them access to meetings from nearly every industry in existence.
The security of videoconferencing software is no new concern; for example, Skype (News - Alert) has already come under fire for how it handles recording and how simple it can be for accounts to be hacked. This development with the Chinese hackers does, however, increase the potential risks behind using videoconferencing software at important meetings.
The situation also presents another source of strain between the United States and China in regards to hacking policies. There have been many high-profile incidences of Chinese hackers targeting U.S. targets lately, which have caused tension between the two countries, and the attempted infiltration of the creators of videoconferencing software is likely to make that tension even worse.
Edited by Alisen Downey