Musk’s rocket company, SpaceX, has banned employees from using Zoom’s video conferencing app because of “serious privacy and security concerns,” days after the FBI warned users about the security of the popular app.
Demand for Zoom and other digital communication tools has grown rapidly as the outbreak of new coronary pneumonia has prompted many Americans to work or study from home. Zoom’s user base nearly tripled in March to rival Microsoft Teams, and its market value has doubled since the end of January.
In an email on March 28, SpaceX asked its employees to stop using Zoom immediately, “We know that many of us are using this tool for meetings and conference support.” Please use email, text message or phone as an alternative to communication. “
A NASA spokesman for SpaceX’s largest customer said the agency has also banned its employees from using Zoom.
The FBI’s Boston office on Monday issued a warning about Zoom, warning users not to hold public meetings or share links on the site after several incidents of unidentified people hacking into school online courses.
Former FBI agent Brad Garrett says Zoom software has become a target for cybercrime and malicious behavior. “Cybercrime is continuing to attack platforms like Zoom, especially during the outbreak of new coronary pneumonia. In general, criminals create domain names posing as Zoom for the purpose of stealing personal information. “
The Intercept, a research news site, reported Tuesday that Zoom is not end-to-end encryption between meeting participants and that the company can view the meeting.