Security services said last week that videoconferencing tool was vulnerable to surveillanceCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage Government and parliament were told by the intelligence agencies last week not to use the videoconferencing service Zoom for confidential business, due to fears it could be vulnerable to Chinese surveillance.The quiet warnings to limit the technology came after the cabinet had used Zoom to hold a well-publicised meeting at the end of March, a decision that was defended at the time as necessary in “unprecedented circumstances”. Continue reading...
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Zoom keeps shooting itself in the foot. This week, it closed the accounts of US-based Chinese activists after they...Zoom keeps shooting itself in the foot. This week, it closed the accounts of US-based Chinese activists after they scheduled a call to mark the Tiananmen Square massacre. It initially said this was to comply with Chinese law, but Zoom is supposed to be a US company and this was activity outside China. Zoom is starting to get on top of its security issues (I'm mostly inclined to give the benefit of the doubt - that most of the issues came from it being designed for enterprise, not consumer), but it needs to get on top of the China question, and the comms question.
Foreign intelligence operatives are reportedly using online platforms and video-conferencing apps like Zoom to spy on Americans
Foreign intelligence agents are using online platforms and videoconferencing apps to spy on Americans, TIME reported....Foreign intelligence agents are using online platforms and videoconferencing apps to spy on Americans, TIME reported. Chinese spies, in particular, have exploited the coronavirus pandemic to get information about American companies as they take their operations digital and offices across the US shut down amid stay-at-home orders. The app Zoom has proven especially susceptible to cyber intrusions because of its popularity and lack of encryption. A research group at the University of Toronto found that some of Zoom's encryption keys are routed through Chinese servers. Zoom also owns three companies in China, at which at least 700 employees are paid to develop its software. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Foreign intelligence agents are using online platforms and videoconferencing apps to spy on Americans, TIME reported, citing several US intelligence officials. Chinese spies, in particular, have exploited the coronavirus pandemic to get information about American companies as they take their operations digital and offices across the US shut down amid stay-at-home orders. The video conferencing app Zoom has proven particularly susceptible to cyber intrusions because of its popularity — Zoom's CEO said the number of people using the app jumped from 10 million in December to 200 million in March — and lack of encryption. Hackers targeting the platform, dubbed "Zoombombers," have disrupted events like doctoral dissertations, Sunday school, city council meetings, online classes at universities, and Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. Even the FBI weighed in on the matter, warning schools, in particular, to be wary of hackers infiltrating online meetings and calls to post pornographic imagery and hate speech. Now, TIME reported, Zoom is becoming a playground for foreign spies, as operatives from countries like Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea target Americans' video chats. "More than anyone else, the Chinese are interested in what American companies are doing," one official told the outlet. Zoom, moreover, is more vulnerable to intrusion by Chinese cyberspies because some of its encryption keys are routed through Chinese servers, according to a report this month from The Citizen Lab, a research group at the University of Toronto. The report also found that Zoom owns three companies in China, at which at least 700 employees are paid to develop Zoom's software. "This arrangement is ostensibly an effort at labor arbitrage: Zoom can avoid paying US wages while selling to US customers, thus increasing their profit margin. However, this arrangement may make Zoom responsive to pressure from Chinese authorities," the report said. Indeed, the coronavirus pandemic is a blessing in disguise for intelligence agencies in China, Russia, Iran, North Korea, and other rogue regimes, many of whom have adapted to using cyberwarfare to carry out their objectives. As people across the world are forced to stay home and work remotely, they're increasingly vulnerable to cyberattacks and disinformation — two tools that are more useful than ever to foreign spies. These methods are also cheaper to employ and require less financial investment than traditional methods of intelligence gathering, giving countries like China and Russia a leg-up as they compete against more financially stable countries like the US. Zoom, for its part, has said it will work to enhance its security over the coming months. "For the past several weeks, supporting this influx of users has been a tremendous undertaking and our sole focus," Zoom's CEO, Eric Yuan, wrote in a blog post. "However, we recognize that we have fallen short of the community's — and our own — privacy and security expectations." Yuan announced that the company will freeze its feature updates for 90 days while it addresses privacy and security issues. He said Zoom will also conduct a "comprehensive review with third-party experts" to ensure it's taking the necessary steps to protect user privacy. In the meanwhile, several US lawmakers have called for investigations into Zoom's security, and some state attorneys general are examining the matter as well. Got a tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Extremists turned a frog meme into a hate symbol, but Hong Kong protesters revived it as an emblem of hope
Move Fast & Roll Your Own Crypto A Quick Look at the Confidentiality of Zoom Meetings....Move Fast & Roll Your Own Crypto A Quick Look at the Confidentiality of Zoom Meetings. I don’t like to include trendy news in my news letter, because it isn’t helpful for future self and doesn’t age well. However, this isn’t a normal article that bash on Zoom but has real methodlogy that they use to analyze zoom, which you can learn the techniques from them.