Zoom acquires Keybase to bolster its Cybersecurity

From the past few weeks, Video Conferencing app Zoom is hitting the news headlines for all wrong reasons such as its app is filled with flaws which can allow hackers to Zoom bomb or Zoom invade a video call initiated by an individual or company causing disruption or eavesdropping.

So, as a part of its 90-day commitment to strengthen its Cybersecurity, Zoom has decided to acquire encryption service offering company Keybase to address its user’s concerns with regards to concerns such as end-to-end encryption.

The details of the acquisition deal are being kept under wraps, while the objective is clear- to bring into end-to-end encryption similar to WhatsApp onto its online meeting platform.

A report published in CNBC in this regards says that the roll-out of end-end- encryption will witness certain feature changes in the engineering & functioning of the Zoom app which paves way for a meeting call taken up on Zoom app to be extremely confidential and away from snooping eyes.

According to Crunchbase, Keybase is a 2014 startup that offers technology allowing users to encrypt, decrypt, and share messages. And from May 7th,2020, the company will be working with Zoom to strengthen the latter’s platform with security across its video communication platform.

Note- Two of the noted flaws discovered in the Zoom app are- The first one allowed hackers to sniff into the video and audio feeds of a Zoom user by invading the privacy settings of the victim’s webcam and the other is to steal passwords from Windows Devices.

Naveen Goud
Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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