Zoom strengthens its security capabilities by acquiring Keybase


Zoom, the owner of the video conferencing app, announced today, Thursday, significant steps in its efforts to improve its security, as it made a deal with the Attorney General in the US state of New York to protect the privacy of users, and acquired Keybase, the secure messaging company.

The company – which faced a backlash due to the claim that its services were secure and encrypted according to end-to-end technology – said it was planning to develop tools that would give meeting hosts more controls and allow users to join meetings safely.

Zoom was one of the biggest beneficiaries of the closures caused by the spread of the emerging coronavirus (Covid-19), as millions of workers and students use it to work and study from home.

The company announced today, Thursday, the acquisition of (Kepis), which provides a secure service for exchanging messages and sharing files, for an undisclosed price, and the deal comes in an attempt to enhance the security capabilities of the application.

(Zoom) said: It was preparing a draft design of its own encryption policy to be released on May 22, when it plans to host discussions with crypto experts and clients, and the comments will be incorporated into the final design before the feature is offered to users.

Zoom concerns about the safety of the Zoom platform have prompted companies such as SpaceX and Swedish Ericsson to ban employees from using the app. New York public schools also restricted teachers and students from using the platform, and then lifted the ban recently.

The ZOOM security payment is part of a 90-day plan that included employing a former Facebook security official and other well-known figures from the industry, in conjunction with the launch of new versions of its software with better encryption. The campaign was well received by security experts.

The Arab Portal for Technical News


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