A few days after the U.S. law enforcement warned about the security of the popular Zoom, Elon Musk’s rocket company made a move. Musk’s SpaceX stops using Zoom due to privacy concerns. They cited “significant privacy and security concerns,” according to a memo seen by Reuters.
Since many people all over the globe stay home because of the Coronavirus pandemic, video conferencing apps such as Zoom have soared in use.
SpaceX’s ban can be seen as an attempt to protect the vital technology that aerospace manufacturers are producing while trying to slow the virus’s spread.
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On March 28, SpaceX told employees through an email that Zoom access will be disabled immediately.
“We understand that many of us were using this tool for conferences and meeting support,” SpaceX said in the message. “Please use email, text or phone as alternate means of communication.”
Two other people familiar with the matter confirmed the email, but a representative of SpaceX did not comment.
Stephanie Schierholz, a spokeswoman for NASA, said that NASA, who is a customer of SpaceX, also prohibited Zoom usage.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Boston office issued a warning on Monday about Zoom, as two individuals “zoombombed” school sessions. The term refers to persons invading Zoom sessions. The Bureau advised not to make the meetings public or widely share links.
Investigative news site The Intercept on Tuesday reported that the Zoom company can view other’s sessions due to a lack of certain encryptions.
“We want to start by apologizing for the confusion we have caused by incorrectly suggesting that Zoom meetings were capable of using end-to-end encryption,” the company said in a blog post. “Zoom has always strived to use encryption to protect content in as many scenarios as possible, and in that spirit, we used the term end-to-end encryption.”
Zoom hasn’t yet responded to the matter that Musk’s SpaceX stops using us. Space X has been classified as an essential business by the U.S., and facilities in Texas and California are still open despite the general shutdowns.