- Google has issued a ban on the use of the Zoom videoconferencing app for all its employees
- Google sent a mail to its employees last week, informing them that the videoconferencing app will no longer function in their corporate laptops and desktops.
- Zoom first came into action in 2019 but its popularity skyrocketed in March 2020 when the number of active users went up to 200 million from 10 million in December.
Tech giant Google has issued a ban on the use of the Zoom videoconferencing app for all its employees citing security concerns. Zoom witnessed a surge in popularity as it gave people a platform to socialize and carry out their professional work seamlessly during the COVID-19 pandemic.
As per a report published in BuzzFeed News, Google sent a mail to its employees last week, informing them that the videoconferencing app will no longer function in their corporate laptops and desktops.
"We have long had a policy of not allowing employees to use unapproved apps for work that are outside of our corporate network," Jose Castaneda, a Google spokesperson told BuzzFeed News.
"Recently, our security team informed employees using Zoom Desktop Client that it will no longer run on corporate computers as it does not meet our security standards for apps used by our employees. Employees who have been using Zoom to stay in touch with family and friends can continue to do so through a web browser or via mobile," Castaneda further added.
Founded by Eric Yuan, Zoom first came into action in 2019 but its popularity skyrocketed in March 2020 when the number of active users went up to 200 million from 10 million in December.
Things got murkier for Zoom when an ex-NSA hacker Patrick Wardle discovered two new security flaws in the app. His findings revealed that the bugs launched by local attackers can easily gain control over a person's Mac. While one bug allowed the attacker to inject malicious code into the Zoom installer, the other bug could control the user's webcam and microphone.
Another report by The Intercept revealed that the Zoom calls are not end-to-end encrypted contrary to the company's claims. Earlier this month, Zoom admitted that some video calls were "mistakenly" routed through servers in China.
Google isn't the only company that has banned its employees from using the app. On April 8, the Taiwan cabinet asked all its government agencies to stop using "products with security concerns, like Zoom". Earlier, Zoom was banned by Elon Musk's rocket company SpaceX over security concerns. As per a report published in Reuters, the employees of SpaceX were told that their access to Zoom has been disabled. "We understand that many of us were using this tool for conferences and meeting support. Please use email, text or phone as alternate means of communication," a SpaceX mail obtained by Reuters read.