Zoom is now Facing a Critical Privacy and Security Backlash


About the company 

The company has been a fashionable app due to Corona Virus. Zoom has exploded in popularity as people turn to video calling software amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The moment of tremendous growth has seen Zoom rocket to the top of iOS and Android app stores as people gather around it for yoga classes, school lessons, and virtual nights out. Even the UK government has been holding daily cabinet meetings over Zoom. It is the thinking behind the latest report from the cybersecurity research team at Check Point, disclosing a vulnerability in the software behind video conferencing platform Zoom, one that has fixed but which left its vast user base open to unwanted guests. 

Security concern:- 

With all this extra attention, Zoom is now facing a critical privacy and security backlash as security experts, privacy advocates, lawmakers, and even the FBI warn that Zoom’s default settings aren’t secure enough. Zoom now risks becoming a victim of its success. 

But, despite the fix, users remain at risk. That software issue was Zoom’s fault—and they patched it when it disclosed last year. But the new report highlights a different and more severe problem, one that still leaves Zoom’s soaring user base wide open to attack. Worse, it’s the users themselves at fault with this one. 

About the app:- 

Each Zoom call has a randomly generated ID number between 9 and 11 digits long that’s used by participants to gain access to a meeting. Researchers have found that these meeting IDs are easy to guess and even brute enforceable, allowing anyone to get into sessions. 

In recent weeks, scrutiny over Zoom’s security practices has intensified, with a lot of the concern focused on its default settings and the mechanisms that make the app so easy to use. 

The office of New York’s attorney general also sent a letter to Zoom this week requesting to hear “whether Zoom has undertaken a broader review of its security practices” in light of recent concerns. 

  • Zoom hasn’t responded in detail to the more recent concerns. Still, last week Zoom CEO Eric S. Yuan said the company was reviewing its practices about Facebook privacy issues. “We sincerely apologize for the concern this has caused, and remain firmly committed to the protection of our users’ privacy,” said Yuan.  
  • “We are reviewing our process and protocols for implementing these features in the future to ensure  not happen again.” 
  • Ultimately, Zoom is feeling the effects of a rare moment for the app. The video conferencing app never designed for the myriad of ways consumers are now using it. Zoom doesn’t require an account, it’s free for 40-minute meetings, and it’s reliable. The barriers to entry are so low, and the coronavirus pandemic so unusual, that Zoom is suddenly in the spotlight as a crucial tool for many. 
  • Zoom may well force to tighten up the right parts of its app that make it so appealing for consumers and businesses alike in the coming months. The company now faces some tough decisions on how to balance better its default settings, user privacy, and ultimately its ease of use. Zoom’s appeal has been its straightforward approach to video conferencing, but that crucial ingredient now threatens to be its downfall unless it gets a firm grip on the growing concerns. 

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