Germany, Singapore and Taiwan have already banned the usage of the application
Germany, Singapore and Taiwan have already banned the usage of the application|Facebook image
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Video conferencing app Zoom ‘not safe’, cautions government

Cyber Coordination Centre under Ministry of Home Affairs issued an advisory on secured use of the video/web conferencing platform Zoom

Amlan Jyoti Das

Amlan Jyoti Das

New Delhi: The Cyber Coordination Centre (CyCord), under the Union ministry of home affairs issued an advisory on now popular video/web conferencing platform Zoom. This advisory states that the platform is not at all fit for use by government officers/officials for official purposes.

The warning from the government comes after the cybersecurity agency of India Computer Emergency Response Team of India (CERT-in) cautioned against the vulnerability of the app. The app has a significant weakness which makes users vulnerable to various forms of cyber-attacks including the leakage of sensitive information.

Even, for those who use Zoom for their personal use must also follow certain guidelines for safety purposes which includes- prevention of unauthorised entry in the conference room, to the prevention of an authorised participant to carry out malicious on the terminals of other in the conference and to avoid DOS (Denial of Service) attack by restricting users through passwords and access grant.

The advisory issued by Cyber Coordination Centre (CyCord), under the Union Ministry of Home Affairs
The advisory issued by Cyber Coordination Centre (CyCord), under the Union Ministry of Home Affairs Twitter image

The new 16-page advisory by CyCord stated that most of the settings can be done by logging into users' zoom account at website, or installed application at their personal computers, laptops smartphones, etc. and also during the conduction of any conference. However certain settings are possible only through certain modes or channels. For example, a lock meeting can be enabled by the administrator only when the meeting has started.

Several countries have also expressed their concern over the security of the application and Germany, Singapore and Taiwan have already banned the application. This move comes after several companies including NASA, Google, Tesla and Apple warned their employees from using Zoom. By then the app has already amassed over 200 million users. Even the firm, with a market cap of over $40 billion, has also come under scrutiny. After several of its security and privacy lapses emerged in recent weeks the company has become subject to a lawsuit as well.

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