Microsoft Teams is adding a number of Meetings features to its VoIP calls at a time the security of video conferencing platforms has been thrown into question.
According to the Microsoft 365 roadmap, tabs, bots, in-meeting dialogues, and meeting stages will be available in Teams VoIP calls. All the functionalities of a Teams Meeting can be enjoyed in Teams VoIP Calls.
The meetings and calls may not be so enjoyable, however, if you are having to worry about being hacked through the unusual means of your glasses.
Strange New Hacking Technique
By spying on the reflection in your glasses, hackers are able to steal private information from your computer screen while you are connected to video conferencing solutions, like Microsoft Teams, Webex by Cisco, and Zoom.
A report from researchers at the University of Michigan and Zhejiang University demonstrated how the reflection in glasses could be the source of a data hack.
According to the report, on-screen texts as small as 10mm can be viewed with over 75% accuracy via a 720p webcam.
The experiment was done under controlled laboratory conditions, and results may be affected by real-life variables, such as the skin colour of participants, display brightness, room lighting, the contrast between the text and background, plus the glasses themselves.
Nevertheless, the risk remains a real threat for users of video conferencing applications, particularly those using high-definition cameras, which researchers say will allow hackers to see most header texts on nearly all websites and text documents.
Researchers had a 94% success rate in deciphering which website from Alexa’s top 100 websites was on a participant’s screen.
The hacking technique could have various applications, including managers spying on employees or competitors stealing crucial information.
Anti-glare glasses may seem like the obvious solution, but these only block out blue light and do not prevent reflections in your glasses.
One simple way to help reduce glasses’ reflectivity is to use softer lighting instead of harsh white lights, which increase reflectivity.
You don’t need to delete your video conferencing applications just yet, however. Even if you are unlucky enough to be subject to one of these hacks, most hackers are likely to see large texts. If you are not putting your bank and other essential details into font size 28, you should be safe.
Nevertheless, it is a hacking technique to keep an eye on as it inevitably evolves to see more detail more easily.
Hacking in Unified Communications
Hacking has been around for as long as unified communications have existed and affects every facet of the online world.
Last year, hackers impersonated a Slack employee to steal source code from the gaming company EA.
‘Hacking as a Service’ even exists for those who are willing to pay criminal enterprises on the dark web for it.
Hackers will search for any vulnerability within a system to infiltrate it and get what they want. The techniques they use include phishing, spoofing, scamming, ransomware, and more.
For this reason, companies of all sizes must meet relevant security accreditations and go further, continually learning and adapting to the next possible threat, according to ALE, who discussed the issue with UC Today in July this year.
Hacking is not all doom and gloom, however. The word can have positive connotations too.
TADHack (Telecom Applications Developer Hackathon) has been running since 2014, and it is the world’s largest telco app development hackathon. The virtual event includes teams from cities all over the world in an overnight hacking session to solve real-world problems using telecom solutions.
The next TADHack is due to take place on 15-16th October 2022, with a prize pot of $20k. There is an additional prize of $5k for the best hack using Radisys, one of the headline sponsors.