Zoom Continues Its Marketing Effort Despite Reports Questioning Its Security

IBL News | New York

Zoom.com, the increasingly popular video conferencing service, announced yesterday additional security measures to combat the hacking phenomenon of “Zoombombing”.

As a result, Zoom announced on Friday that it will enable passwords and turn on waiting rooms by default starting on April 5.

“We’re always striving to continue to deliver you a secure virtual meeting environment,” the company said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Skype released a new feature yesterday in an attempt to compete with Zoom, which has dominated the video calling conversation ever since the pandemic started. Skype users can now start a video meeting and invite people to it without using the app or even having an account; this process is done completely on the web.

Skype, owned by Microsoft, is hoping to bring people over its service, especially in the midst of Zoom’s security and privacy issues.

In fact, researchers at the University of Toronto found that meetings on Zoom are encrypted using an algorithm with well-known weaknesses, and sometimes using keys issued by servers in China, despite when meeting participants are al being in North America.

According to The Intercept.com, these researchers found that Zoom protects video and audio content using a home-grown encryption scheme, that there is a vulnerability in Zoom’s “waiting room” feature.

They concluded in a report for the university’s Citizen Lab — widely followed in information security circles — that Zoom’s service is “not suited for secrets” and that it may be legally obligated to disclose encryption keys to Chinese authorities and “responsive to pressure” from them.

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