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Title    Zoom Admits Data Got Routed Through China
Date    Monday April 13 2020, @06:48AM
Author    Fnord666
Topic   
from the not-a-great-choice dept.
https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=20/04/13/014254

upstart writes in with an IRC submission for carny:

Zoom admits data got routed through China - Business Insider:

In a statement late Friday, Zoom CEO Eric Yuan admitted to mistakenly routing calls via China.

"In our urgency to come to the aid of people around the world during this unprecedented pandemic, we added server capacity and deployed it quickly — starting in China, where the outbreak began," Yuan said. "In that process, we failed to fully implement our usual geo-fencing best practices. As a result, it is possible certain meetings were allowed to connect to systems in China, where they should not have been able to connect."

He did not say how many users were affected.

During spells of heavy traffic, the video-conferencing service shifts traffic to the nearest data center with the largest available capacity – but Zoom's data centers in China aren't supposed to be used to reroute non-Chinese users' calls.

This is largely due to privacy concerns: China does not enforce strict data privacy laws and could conceivably demand that Zoom decrypt the contents of encrypted calls.

Separately, researchers at the University of Toronto also found  Zoom's encryption used keys issued via servers in China, even when call participants were outside of China.

[...] Zoom has faced multiple high-profile security issues in recent weeks as it struggles to cope with an unprecedented surge in traffic and new users.

Zoom did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment and clarification.

Previously:

(2020-04-04) Senator Mad That Zoom Not Actually Offering the Encryption His Law Will Outlaw
(2020-04-04) Scrutiny Needed for Teleconferencing Software and Their Backing Companies
(2020-04-04) 'The Phone Slipped Into the Bath': Conference Call Tales
(2020-04-04) Security and Privacy Implications of Zoom
(2020-04-03) Automated Tool Can Find 100 Zoom Meeting IDs Per Hour
(2020-04-02) Elon Musk's SpaceX Bans Zoom over Privacy Concerns
(2020-03-28) Now That Everyone's Using Zoom, Here Are Some Privacy Risks You Need to Watch Out For
(2020-03-27) School Quits Video Calls After Naked Man "Guessed" the Meeting Link
(2020-03-14) Student Privacy Laws Still Apply if Coronavirus Just Closed Your School


Original Submission

Links

  1. "upstart" - https://soylentnews.org/~upstart/
  2. "Zoom admits data got routed through China - Business Insider" - https://www.businessinsider.com/china-zoom-data-2020-4
  3. "In a statement late Friday" - https://blog.zoom.us/wordpress/2020/04/03/response-to-research-from-university-of-torontos-citizen-lab/
  4. "Separately, researchers at the University of Toronto" - https://citizenlab.ca/2020/04/move-fast-roll-your-own-crypto-a-quick-look-at-the-confidentiality-of-zoom-meetings/
  5. "faced multiple high-profile security issues" - https://www.businessinsider.com/zoom-facing-multiple-reported-security-issues-amid-coronavirus-crisis-2020-4?r=US&IR=T
  6. "Senator Mad That Zoom Not Actually Offering the Encryption His Law Will Outlaw" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=20/04/04/1832229
  7. "Scrutiny Needed for Teleconferencing Software and Their Backing Companies" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=20/04/04/1826209
  8. "'The Phone Slipped Into the Bath': Conference Call Tales" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=20/04/04/152242
  9. "Security and Privacy Implications of Zoom" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=20/04/04/042250
  10. "Automated Tool Can Find 100 Zoom Meeting IDs Per Hour" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=20/04/03/2327207
  11. "Elon Musk's SpaceX Bans Zoom over Privacy Concerns" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=20/04/02/1855204
  12. "Now That Everyone's Using Zoom, Here Are Some Privacy Risks You Need to Watch Out For" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=20/03/28/1540217
  13. "School Quits Video Calls After Naked Man "Guessed" the Meeting Link" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=20/03/27/1744206
  14. "Student Privacy Laws Still Apply if Coronavirus Just Closed Your School" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=20/03/14/1324210
  15. "Original Submission" - https://soylentnews.org/submit.pl?op=viewsub&subid=40341

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