Government Inexplicably Buys Hundreds of Zoom Accounts Despite Massive Security Issues

By Shabana Arif on at

If you haven't heard about the myriad of security issues Zoom has been dealing with, then you're probably a UK government official, because the buffoons over there have been buying hundreds of accounts since the pandemic started.

To bring you up to speed, Zoom has had a number of problems relating to security and just last month, the company was being sued by a shareholder over allegations of fraud and overstating the security protocols in place on its service. Throw Zoom bombings into the mix that have seen minors exposed to porn because nothing is funnier to some little shit stain edgelord, and we're left with the very sensible decision of not using the app in fields where these things would be a problem. To be honest, I'd avoid using it all, and teachers have been told to stop using it, as have NHS staff, and the UK National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has also warned against the app, but clearly national security isn't something we need to be concerned about. At all.

A Freedom of Information (FOI) request by the Parliament Street think tank revealed that 731 Zoom licences have been acquired by the government since the pandemic kicked off, which includes 550 Zoom accounts for the Ministry of Defence (MoD) which is the branch tasked with defending the country. So that's reassuring. Other departments which purchased Zoom accounts include the Cabinet Office, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Home Office, the Treasury. Paul Farrington, chief technology officer of Veracode (EMEA) said:

"The Covid-19 crisis has seen millions of new users sign up to Zoom to host meetings and provide important updates to employees working remotely. However, in recent weeks a series of security missteps and bugs have been discovered, which raise fresh questions about the cyber risks and privacy issues associated with online conference systems.

"With this in mind, it’s critical that key government departments are cautious if using the platform for sensitive meetings, around national security, and public health. With cyber attacks on the rise, it’s also crucial that users ensure they have downloaded the latest versions of these applications, to prevent hackers from gaining access and stealing data."

This is the same government that wants you to hand over more data than it needs for its contact tracing app, with every intention to keep all that data post-pandemic just because. Clearly, we misjudged it and it's on the ball with our security as well as its own. [TechRadar]