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More troubles for Zoom: Elon Musk's SpaceX bans employees from using video conferencing app

SpaceX is not the only one. Even NASA has asked its employees to stop using the Zoom app.

twitter-logo Shubham Verma   New Delhi     Last Updated: April 3, 2020  | 18:32 IST

Highlights

  • SpaceX has stopped its employees from using Zoom.
  • FBI recently warned users about Zoom's security concerns.
  • Zoom has responded multiple times over security loopholes.

In what comes as a setback of Zoom, the Elon Musk's rocket company SpaceX has banned its employees from using the video conferencing app, owing to the security concerns that have arisen recently. The surging popularity of Zoom during the lockdown has brought the company and its ambiguous privacy policy under the scanner. Zoom is used by some top-level corporates, including SpaceX and NASA for their day-to-day video communication with employees, which needs to be tightly secured as much as possible.

In a memo dated March 28, obtained by Reuters, that was circulated within the circle of its employees, Space X has told its workers that their access to company's Zoom properties has been entirely disabled effective immediately. "We understand that many of us were using this tool for conferences and meeting support," said SpaceX in the mail, seen by Reuters and confirmed by two people familiar with the development. "Please use email, text or phone as alternate means of communication." SpaceX has more than 6,000 employees working from different locations in the US.

According to the Reuters report, the Elon Musk-headed space company took the decision after the US agency, FBI warned Americans of the security of Zoom. Zoom has been termed "a rich target" by an FBI employee while a number of loopholes in the app's privacy have cropped up over the past few days. More and more people have begun using Zoom to ease video collaborations with their colleagues as they have been ordered to quarantine themselves at home to curb the spread of coronavirus pandemic. Even NASA has barred its employees from using Zoom, a company spokesperson confirmed.

Zoom is currently caught between the exploding popularity and exploding security loopholes, which are coming to light by the day. A recent analysis by The Intercept revealed that the video meetings on Zoom are not end-to-end encrypted and their data can be decrypted easily. Zoom, then, responded in a blog post, saying, "We want to start by apologizing for the confusion we have caused by incorrectly suggesting that Zoom meetings were capable of using end-to-end encryption." Zoom also had to remove a Facebook SDK for iOS after it was found sharing user information, without permission, with the social media platform.

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