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Video conferencing software Zoom is directed to China to transmit encrypted information

Video conferencing software Zoom is directed to China to transmit encrypted information


A research report released by the University of Toronto on Friday showed that the video conferencing software Zoom uses a non-standard encryption method and transmits encrypted information to China.

During the epidemic of new corona virus, Zoom software, which is available for enterprises to conduct video teleconferences, was very popular. Citizen Lab, a network research institute affiliated with the University of Toronto, warned that the surge in users has created a “gold rush for cyber spies”.

Researcher Marzak (Bill Marczak) said: "Zoom made a typical mistake, that is to design and adopt their own encryption scheme, rather than using the existing voice and video content encryption standards.

He warned that Users who aren't suffering from espionage should consider before using this app to debate sensitive information.

In addition to encryption standards, researchers have also found that Zoom sends encrypted information to China, even if the participants using Zoom are abroad.

The report said that In many test calls in North America, we observed that the keys to encrypt and decrypt conferences were transmitted to servers in Beijing, China.

Although Zoom is headquartered in San Jose, California, there are three organizations in mainland China with a total of approximately 700 employees dedicated to the development of the application.

The report reads that Development in China may prevent Zoom from paying Silicon Valley salaries, thereby reducing their expenses and increasing their profit margins. However, this arrangement may also put Zoom under pressure from Chinese authorities.

As the global epidemic worsens, more companies rely on online meetings, and 200 million meetings are held every day through Zoom. At present, the company's presence in China has attracted the attention of American cybersecurity experts.

Most of Zoom's engineering team is in China, Jacob Helberg, a part-time researcher at the Think Tank Strategy and International Research Center, wrote on Twitter this week. Sensitive conversations on a platform that's easy for the CCP to gather data should make those concerned about protecting company or government secrets concerned.

Attorney generals in at least two states in the United States have challenged Zoom ’s privacy protection.

Connecticut Attorney General William Tong said that he is working with attorney generals of other states to seek more information about the company's privacy and security measures.

New York State Attorney General Letitia James asked Zoom to answer a series of questions in a letter to ensure that the company is taking appropriate measures to ensure the privacy of users.

A spokesman for Zoom said that the company will discuss these issues with government officials.

The spokesman said that We are grateful to the officials of all parties for his or her suggestions on these issues and appearance forward to contacting them.

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