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Zoom will start offering end-to-end encryption for all its users

On June 17, the popular video conferencing application, Zoom, officially announced that end-to-end encryption, or E2EE, finally arrived for its software. It will be provided to both its free and paid users, provided their account has passed the company’s verification process.

According to the announcement, during the beta phase starting in July, users must verify their phone numbers via text message. The aim of this step is to prevent the mass creation of abusive accounts.

Zoom commented:

„We are confident that by implementing risk-based authentication, added with our Bitcoin Formula mix of tools, including our Report a User feature, we can continue to prevent and fight abuse.“

The company says all Zoom users will continue to use AES 256 GCM transport encryption as the default encryption, which they describe as „one of the strongest encryption standards in use today.“

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E2EE as an optional feature
According to Zoom’s whitepaper, E2EE will be an optional feature that will limit some meeting functions, such as the ability to include traditional PSTN phone lines or SIP/H.323 conference room hardware systems, Zoom says.

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

Keybase co-founder Max Krohn joined Zoom as leader of its security engineering team. Keybase services are verifiably signed by Keybase and integrated into the Stellar blockchain.

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Recent controversies
Although its statistics have skyrocketed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Zoom has been accused of sending user data from its iOS application to Facebook, and making false claims that the video calls were encrypted, while half a million Zoom accounts have recently appeared on the darknet.

On June 2, Zoom CEO Eric Yuan said they hope to create space for collaboration with the FBI and other authorities.

According to Cointelegraph, Zoom’s security flaws have spurred the development of blockchat-based video chat solutions.