Google asks its employees stop using Zoom over security concerns
Zoom Under Cyber Attack
Google issued a ban on the use of the Zoom video conferencing platform for employees. The company is facing security concerns with the app that have arisen since Zoom became one of the most popular services for free video chatting during the COVID-19 pandemic. This news was first reported by BuzzFeed News earlier today.
Google emailed its employees last week about the ban at Zoom, telling workers who had the Zoom app installed on their Google-provided systems that the software would soon no longer function. It is worth noting that Google offers its own enterprise Zoom competitor called Meet as part of its G Suite offering.
“We have long had a policy of not allowing employees to use unapproved apps for work that are outside of our corporate network,” Google spokesperson Jose Castaneda tells The Verge. “Recently, our security team informed employees using Zoom Desktop Client that it will no longer run on corporate computers as it does not meet our security standards for apps used by our employees. Employees who have been using Zoom to stay in touch with family and friends can continue to do so through a web browser or via mobile.”
Even before the COVID-19 pandemic Zoom’s facing vulnerabilities, the company was facing criticism for lax privacy and security protections, last year in July when a macOS flaw allowed a Zoom URL to forcibly activate a MacBook webcam.
This is big lose for Zoom when it’s coming popular in the market facing such a security loop.