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Zoom now offers end-to-end encryption for all users

June 18, 2020

On June 17, the popular video conferencing app Zoom officially announced that end-to-end encryption (E2EE) is finally available for their software. It will be made available to both your free and paid users if your account has passed the company’s verification process.

According to the announcement, during the beta phase starting in July, Users have to check their phone numbers via SMS. The goal of this step is to avoid the massive creation of abusive accounts.

Zoom commented:

“We are confident that by implementing risk-based authentication that complements our current tool mix, including our” report to user “feature, we can continue to prevent and combat abuse.”

Zoom now offers end-to-end encryption for all usersZoom now offers end-to-end encryption for all users

The company states that all Zoom users will continue to use AES 256 GCM transport encryption as standard encryption, which they themselves rate as “one of the strongest encryption standards currently in use”.

E2EE as an optional function

According to the Zoom white paper E2EE is an optional feature that restricts some meeting features, such as: For example, the ability to include traditional PSTN phone lines or SIP / H.323 conference room hardware systemssays Zoom.

On May 7, Keybase, a cloud-based secure file sharing and messaging service funded by the Stellar Development Foundation, became a subsidiary of Zoom. His team will lead security development to develop an end-to-end encryption feature that is available to customers who pay for membership.

Max Krohn, co-founder of Keybase, joined Zoom as head of his security technology team. The Keybase services are demonstrably signed by Keybase and integrated into the Stellar blockchain.

Current controversy

Even though its statistics have skyrocketed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Zoom has been accused of sending user data from its iOS app to Facebook and making false claims that video calls have been encrypted, while half a million Zoom accounts have been opened recently displayed in the darknet.

On June 2, Zoom CEO Eric Yuan He said they hope to make room for cooperation with the FBI and other agencies.

As Cointelegraph reported, Zoom’s vulnerabilities have driven the development of blockchain-based video chat solutions.