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Zoom doesn’t encrypt free calls, so you can work with the FBI

June 3, 2020

Zoom, the video conferencing application that has exploded in popularity thanks to global isolation does not encrypt calls for free users. In this way, the company hopes to make room for collaboration with the FBI and other agencies, Zoom CEO Eric Yuan said during a conference call on June 2.

According to Yuan Zoom’s end-to-end encryption service, which is currently under development, will only be available to corporate customers to prevent bad actors from using the app:

“In fact, we don’t want to provide this to free users because we also want to work with the FBI and local police in case some people use Zoom for a bad cause.”

Security and privacy issues

Zoom’s privacy and security issues are well documented. One of the bugs in the application’s security features has led to a phenomenon known as “zoom bombing”, in which trolls have access to and interrupt private meetings.

Zoom doesn’t encrypt free calls, so you can work with the FBIZoom doesn’t encrypt free calls, so you can work with the FBI

Furthermore, Zoom has been accused of sending data from users of its iOS application to Facebook and making false claims that the video calls were encryptedWhile half a million zoom accounts have recently appeared on the dark internet.

In an obvious attempt to address security issues, Zoom acquired Keybase, an end-to-end encryption company, funded in the past month by a16z, co-founder of Alexis Ohanian of Reddit, and the Stellar Development Foundation.

However, The latest update suggests that most calls remain unencrypted.

Blockchain-based alternatives

According to what Cointelegraph reported Zoom’s vulnerabilities have driven the development of blockchain-based video chat solutions.

One of them is Debrief, a decentralized app that was launched in April by VoIP Pioneer (Voice Over Internet Protocol) and co-founder of Vonage, Jeff Pulver. Last month, Brave, the data protection-based web browser based on cryptocurrency, also launched video calls within the browser with end-to-end encryption.