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Zoom under fire over security concerns

VIDEO-CONFERENCING app Zoom has come under scrutiny amid heightened security fears.

The concerns have grown since the number of users of the platform has risen dramatically during the coronavirus pandemic.

New York Attorney General Letitia James wrote to the company asking whether it had reviewed its security measures, warning that in the past the app had been slow to address issues.

A leading cause of concern stems from the fact that the app doesn’t offer end-to-end encryption which is needed to stop others from seeing what should be a private meeting.

It means that Zoom is able to access the video and audio of meetings.

Tech website Motherboard explained that because Zoom uses email domains to identify users who may be in the same company, it will sometimes allow small internet service providers’ customers to see each others’ private data.

Another vulnerability allows a cyber attacker to remove attendees from meetings, send spoof messages from users and hijack shared screens.

In a statement the company that said it would provide Ms James with the requested information, adding: “Zoom takes its users’ privacy, security and trust extremely seriously.”

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