…new discoveries mean Macs are vulnerable to gaining root access.


Origin: 9 to 5 mac • Ex-NSA hacker finds new Zoom flaws to takeover Macs again, including webcam, mic, and root access
& 10 Zoom alternatives for more secure, cross-platform video calls

Zoom, the popular video call service has had a number of privacy and security issues over the years

Reported by TechCrunch, the new flaws were discovered by Ex-NSA hacker Patrick Wardle, now principal security researcher at Jamf, who detailed his findings on his blog Objective-See.

Wardle goes through a history of Zoom’s privacy and security issues like

That brings us to today. Wardle’s new bug discoveries mean Macs are vulnerable to webcam and mic takeover again, in addition to taking gaining root access to a Mac. It does have to be a local attack but the bug makes it relatively easy for an attacker to gain total control in macOS through Zoom.

Then, a second flaw Wardle discovered allows access for hackers to access a Mac’s camera and mic and even record the screen, all without a user prompt.

10 zoom (and face time) alternatives:

  • Skype
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Google Hangouts Meet
  • Google Duo
  • Cisco Webex
  • TeamViewer
  • GoToMeeting
  • Jitsi (open-sourced)
  • Whereby
  • Remote HQ