The trend of ZoomBombing, where digital disruptors join meetings online and throw hateful comments, play strong music and share Lewd content, fortunately seems to have died in recent months.

As staff, students and teachers at some universities approaching almost one year of work and studying remotely, perhaps the novelty of ruining someone's day by inviting strangers to commander, their conference call it has disappeared. Some intruders may have been frightened by the FBI encouraging people to report zoomombing incidents as cybercripes. Or maybe host meetings, they have simply taken steps to make it more difficult for unwanted visitors to get access.

But how did the trend removed first?

The study, which has not yet been reviewed by peers, suggests that most zoomombing attacks begin with a legitimate assistant of a meeting that invites others to come and interrupt, said Jeremy Blackburn, professor Computer assistant at the University of Binghamton, who coautched the study.

The study authors examined the 10 popular online meetings platforms, including Zoom and Google Seet, and identified social networks. Publications that share invitations to meetings on platforms. The analysis of social networks focused on Twitter and 4chan, an online fringe community where many zoomombing attacks were coordinated.

Researchers examined more than 200 invitations to the calls of the Gate-Crash Conference between January and July 2020. Most online goals. Conferences, with a rate of 74 percent in 4chan and 59 percent on Twitter. The researchers found evidence of both universities and directed secondary schools.

The messages of the social networks cited in the study were analyzed quantitatively and qualitatively, which means that the team had to read an uncomfortable content. Some of this type of content are included in the report after a content warning. The comments include racist, tableist, homophobic and anti-Semitic language.

"We do our best to make sure everyone does not take it too personally," Blackburn said. "If you do not look at the content, you can not really investigate it, but if you look at the content too or too deeply, you look at the abyss a little too long, you can fall into it. It's hard to walk that line."

At the attackers of the Zoom Meeting often feel embarrassed to make and say scandalous things under the anonymity layer, Blackburn said. He described a psychological effect known as online toxic disinhibition, which is the tendency that Internet users say things worse online than they would do when they talk to someone face to face.

While the students were almost exclusively responsible for Spuring the zoomombing attacks, according to the findings of the study, some may not have done a lot of what they were getting when they invited the Internet to come and play . What could start as a lighting joke can quickly take out of control online, Blackburn said.

The findings of the study have important security implications because they illustrate that common protections against zoomombing, such as using passwords, such as using passwords, such as using passwords. Meeting attendees can simply share online passwords along with the meeting of the meeting, Blackburn said.

In the context of upper Ed, Blackburn and colleagues of it found cases of students who instruct intruders to join online classes using the names of real students in those. C.

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