Zoom release new security feature to stop ‘Zoombombing’ 

  • Zoom will now let you temporarily pause meetings so you can kick out “Zoombombers” or disruptive individuals, the company announced in a blog post
  • As Zoom usage skyrocketed during the pandemic, pranksters and hackers found ways to invade Zoom calls and display shocking videos and disruptive content, a practice that has become known as “Zoombombing” 
  • Zoom’s new security feature allows users to suspend a meeting to block harmful content from being shown and also report the Zoombomber to Zoom
  • To suspend a meeting, click the Security icon while on a call and then click “Suspend Participant Activities.” When you do, all video, audio, in-meeting chat, annotations, screen sharing, and recording will be suspended and all breakout rooms will end, which should shut down the Zoombomber’s activity

Capcom hack: Up to 350,000 people’s information stolen

Increase in children under the age of 18 engaging in far-right extremist activity

  • Home Office figures show a dramatic rise in the number of under-18s referred to the government’s counter-terrorism programme Channel over concerns about their possible involvement with the far-right
  • A total of 682 children were referred for this reason in 2017-18, compared with 131 in 2014-15 – a more than five-fold increase, according to figures obtained through a freedom of information request
  • The figures include 24 children under the age of 10
  • A former neo-Nazi, who runs a group which helps people leave far-right organisations, told Sky News that video games and extremist content on social media were being used to recruit children

Lockdown caused gangs to recruit locally 

        • “County lines” gangs could be using children in care across North Wales to distribute drugs to get around lockdown restrictions, it is claimed
        • The urban gangs use young people to expand their markets for drugs like cocaine and heroin into smaller towns
        • But research for the North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner suggests fewer children are being sent from larger cities
        • There are also claims some councils have “their heads in the sand”
        • But the board representing councils, police and probation said it had not been invited to take part in the study


        Pandemic fueling number of children out of school 

              • The coronavirus pandemic could be fuelling an increase in the number of children moving out of full-time schooling, town hall bosses warn
              • The Local Government Association says some areas have seen significant rises in registrations for home schooling
              • It comes after separate LGA analysis for 2018-19 suggested between 250,000 and a million children in England were out of full-time school
              • The government says school is the best place for the majority of children
              • A lack of oversight on how and why pupils leave, and where they end up, makes tracking them difficult
              • There are no official figures for children who are missing out on school, and the issue has been a challenge for successive education departments, which do not track it centrally