Taiwan government has banned the official use of Zoom due to security issues. Zoom is one of the most popular video conferences and live meeting service. Previous week Zoom has issued fixes for UNC path injection and other vulnerabilities. Soon, Eric Yuan, Zoom Chief Executive Officer published a blog post and excused for the mistakes. Recently a shareholder blamed Zoom Video Communications for hiding vulnerabilities in its video conferencing app. Previous week some researchers identified that the company was redirecting some traffic in North America from zoom via Beijing.
Zoom banned in Taiwan
Even though Zoom declared the traffic was mistakenly routed via Beijing, Taiwan became the first government that blocked all official usage of Zoom. Governments, organizations, and people around the globe, also in Taiwan, have been utilizing the app to manage meetings remotely in an attempt to reduce person-to-person communication between the coronavirus pandemic. However, Taiwan’s ban is the newest blow to San Jose base Zoom Video Communications INC. After knowing the vulnerabilities and accusations, several companies like New York City’s Department of Education, agencies, Google, Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Tesla have banned the use of Zoom.
Researchers at the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab said. The accelerated uptake of teleconference platforms such as Zoom, without proper vetting, possibly sets state secrets, trade secrets, and human rights supporters, in danger.
In response to researchers at the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab’s accusation. The company stated it had mistakenly sent traffic via Chinese data centers because it was managing with a high growth in demand. The company declared that it has taken several steps to blacklist data centers in china for its non-Chinese clients. The company further added that they are working on two primary topics, geo-fencing, and meeting encryption.
Even though there are alternatives to video conferencing services Zoom is still the most widely used video conferencing service. For now, we have to look at what steps will take to better its reputation.
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