Apple said to remotely disable feature in Zoom conferencing app after webcam scare

CNET | 7/10/2019 | Ian Sherr
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People typically are made fun of for covering up their webcams. But maybe not anymore.

Apple's sent out a quiet security update to Mac computer users two days after a security researcher detailed a security flaw in the web conferencing software maker Zoom's software that could remotely turn on a person's webcam. The update, which was first reported by TechCrunch, removes a feature that quickly connected people to conference calls.

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Zoom's software installs a web server on user's computers, designed to quickly launch Zoom's software when users click a link. It also re-installs Zoom's software if it's been removed. That server, TechCrunch said, is what Apple's update removed.

Both Apple and Zoom didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.

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