The Rise and Fall of Zoom

By Rahul Vaimal, Associate Editor
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The Video-conferencing platform Zoom which emerged into trend during the COVID-19 spread has issued an apology over privacy and security issues, as it prepared to introduce new safety measures to address concerns raised by many governments around the world.

Zoom app has witnessed a massive spike in downloads all over the world. It was recently reported that Zoom has replaced the many entertainment apps like WhatsApp, TikTok, and Instagram on Google Play Store as a popular choice

Now there are concerns being raised about the security of this app. There are reports that hackers have been able to breach Zoom video calls and tap into webcam and microphone. According to some reports, researchers have claimed to have found a security loophole that can give attackers access to windows passwords. They have also noticed two flaws that can be used to silently gain access to a user’s Mac and tap into its webcam and microphone.

In the latest turn of events, cyber risk assessment firms have discovered that over 500,000 Zoom accounts are being sold on the dark web. The Indian government on Thursday declared Zoom as an “unsafe platform,” banning it for government use in a new advisory. Taiwan and Germany have also taken similar steps to discourage its use.

Similarly, In the United States, investigations are in place on Zoom’s security practices, while the Federal Beaurue of Investigation has issued a warning about hijacked sessions. Google has banned the use of the platform’s desktop versions from company laptops.

The Effects of Zoom are yet to be seen in the GCC region due to incumbent restrictions in place for similar applications like WhatsApp, Viber, Skype, and Facebook Messenger.

The rising concerns were addressed by Zoom CEO Eric Yuan in a recent blog post.

“For the past several weeks, supporting this influx of users has been a tremendous undertaking and our sole focus… We recognize that we have fallen short of the community’s – and our own – privacy and security expectations. For that, I am deeply sorry, and I want to share what we are doing about it,”

From MNCs and government agencies to schools, universities, healthcare workers, and even individual users — everyone has hopped onto Zoom as their movement is restricted due to coronavirus-induced lockdowns.

It is yet to be seen if Zoom which has soared to publicity uninterruptedly will remain in the public domain after COVID-19 subscales.

– Desk Reporter


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