Lawsuit Filed Against Zoom App For Security Violations

Publish On: 09 Apr, 2020 05:34 PM | Updated   |   Madhurima  

SAN FRANCISCO: Zoom Video Communications has been sued by one among its shareholders who alleged that the corporate kept a number of its security flaws hidden.

The lawsuit, filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of California, on Tuesday alleged that Zoom didn't disclose some vulnerabilities and also that the services did not provide end-to-end encryption.

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Investor Michael Drieu filed the class action suit whilst several organisations including the NY City's Department of Education started prohibiting the use of the app for purposes like remote learning and working from home.

Zoom, which on Wednesday announced to recruit Alex Stamos, former Chief Security Officer of Facebook, as an outside advisor, came under the scanner for security lapses after its usage skyrocketed because of the widespread COVID-19 restrictions across the globe.

Zoom started facing criticism as reports of "Zoombombing" and other privacy issues started surfacing from different parts of the globe.

"Zoomraiding" or "Zoombombing" refers to a kind of online harassment during which hate speech, pornography or other inappropriate content is suddenly flashed by disrupting a video call on Zoom.

Several schools in the US earlier reported that unidentified persons accessed classes conducted through Zoom.

Zoom Founder and CEO Eric Yuan has already apologized for the privacy and security issues or Zoombombing being reported in his app.

Slammed for the ignorance of users privacy and security by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and cybersecurity experts, reports claimed last week that Zoom was also susceptible to hacking.

On April 1, Yuan laid out a 90-day plan to better identify, address, and fix issues proactively and improve the security, privacy, and security of Zoom's platform.

In a blog post on Wednesday, Yuan announced the creation of a CISO Council and planning board.

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"One of the important commitments under our 90-day plan is to conduct a comprehensive censoring of our platform, and third-party experts are going to be critical to the current effort," Yuan said.