Recognizing security concerns, Google prohibited all its workers to use Zoom videoconferencing app. During the coronavirus pandemic Zoom gets popularity and a lot of people using it as a social platform to carry on their professional work.
According to a report issued by BuzzFeed News, last week tech giant Google through a mail notify its workers that Zoom the video conferencing app is no more going to work in their corporate desktops and laptops.
A Google spokesperson Jose Castaneda reported BuzzFeed News,
“We have long had a policy of not permitting workers to utilize unauthorized applications for work that are outside of our corporate network.”
Moreover, he stated that,
“Currently, our security team notified employees utilizing Zoom Desktop Client that it will no longer run on corporate computers. Because it does not according to our security standards for apps utilized by our workers. Employees who have been utilizing Zoom to remain in touch with friends and family can carry on to do so through a web browser or via mobile.”
Eric Yuan introduced this app in 2019. However, with the active users up to 200 million from 10 million in December, the app got its skyrocketed popularity in March 2020.
Moreover, due to imperfections in security policies, the app did not have a smooth sail thenceforth. According to a Motherboard report in March 2020, the Zoom sent its iOS user’s data to Facebook no matter the users’ haven account on the social media app. However, Zoom fastens the flaw soon after the vulnerability was founded.
Eric Yuan stated in its blog post,
After the discovery of two new security flaws in the app by Patric Wardle the ex-NSA hacker things become worse for Zoom. According to these findings, the local hacker can effortlessly get control over the person’s Mac by launching bugs. Although, a hacker can push malicious code into the Zoom installer with one bug. And can control the microphone and webcam of the user with the other one.
Another report published by The Intercept stated that the company claims their calls are end-to-end encrypted. However, those are not. Zoom confessed earlier this month that a few video calls were “mistakenly” routed through servers in China.
There are other companies who have issued a ban on the use of Zoom, Google is not the only one. The Taiwan cabinet ordered all its government agencies on April 8 to stop utilizing “products having security concerns such as Zoom.” Earlier Zoom was also banned by Elon Musk for its rocket SpaceX company over security concerns. According to the Routers report, SpaceX’s workers were notified that their access to Zoom has been disabled. Moreover, according to a SpaceX mail obtained by Routers read,
“We realize that many of us were utilizing this tool for conferences and meeting support. Kindly utilize email, text or phone as alternate means of communication.”