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Zoom buys Keybase to offer end-to-end encrypted service

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Zoom Video Communications, which has come under pressure during the coronavirus pandemic as various flaws in its software have been revealed, has announced that it will be acquiring secure messaging and file-sharing service Keybase for an undisclosed sum in a bid to improve its security.

Zoom has benefitted greatly during the period when working from home has increased, with its share price surging as it became one of the few technology firms to gain such a boost during the COVID-19 flare-up.

But along with that, Zoom has also come under scrutiny as vulnerabilities in its software came to light and the company took a battering in the media.

Following that, Zoom said it was embarking on a 90-day plan to strengthen its security. Keybase will be used to help build end-to-end encryption, the company said in a statement released overnight in New York and San Jose.

Zoom chief executive Eric Yuan said: “There are end-to-end encrypted communications platforms. There are communications platforms with easily deployable security. There are enterprise-scale communications platforms. We believe that no current platform offers all of these.

"This is what Zoom plans to build, giving our users security, ease of use, and scale, all at once. The first step is getting the right team together. Keybase brings deep encryption and security expertise to Zoom, and we’re thrilled to welcome Max and his team.

"Bringing on a cohesive group of security engineers like this significantly advances our 90-day plan to enhance our security efforts.”

Keybase.io co-founder and developer Max Krohn said: “Keybase is thrilled to join Team Zoom! Our team is passionate about security and privacy, and it is an honour to be able to bring our encryption expertise to a platform used by hundreds of millions of participants a day.”

Yuan has authored a blog post to explain the way Keybase will be used to offer greater security to Zoom users.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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