Technology Zoom acquires Keybase to add end-to-end encryption to videoconferencing

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    Videoconferencing giant Zoom has today announced that it is acquiring secure messaging and file-sharing service Keybase for an undisclosed amount.

    The acquisition is designed to enable Zoom to accelerate its plans to add end-to-end encryption to its platform – an area it has previously come under fire for.


    At the end of March, the company attracted considerable criticism for claiming to offer end-to-end encryption in some marketing materials, but in reality only offering TLS, the security technology used to secure HTTPS websites. This means that while data transmitted between a user and Zoom is currently secure, the company can access unencrypted video and audio content of users.

    This and a number of other security concerns have caused the service to be banned for use by some governments and inflicted considerable reputational damage on Zoom, prompting it to launch a 90-day plan to fix the problems.

    End-to-end encryption has clearly been identified as a key part of this by Zoom, making the acquisition of Keybase a key part of its strategy.



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