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SpaceX stops all employees from using Zoom

Mashable 02 Apr 2020 04:34
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With millions of people self-isolating around the world, video chat services have become very popular, but do they pose a risk to our privacy and security? SpaceX thinks so, as it just banned the use of Zoom by all employees.

As Reuters reports, on March 28 SpaceX sent out an email to all of its 6,000+ employees telling them access to the Zoom video chat service had been disabled. The email stated, "We understand that many of us were using this tool for conferences and meeting support ... Please use email, text or phone as alternate means of communication." The stated reason given for disabling access to the service is, "significant privacy and security concerns."

Zoom has proved to be one of the most popular video chat options since the coronavirus pandemic took hold globally, but criticism of the service is growing. As far back as July last year, Zoom was being abused by hackers to spy on Mac users via their webcams. More recently, Zoom-bombing has become rife, with individuals not invited or welcome on a Zoom call joining and in some cases sharing inappropriate content with attendees. A group of pranksters was even organizing Zoom-bombs in a bid to raid online classes, record the disruption, and share the footage on YouTube, TikTok, and Twitch. The situation is bad enough that even the to watch out for Zoom chat hijackers.

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