The American video service Zoom has acquired the cryptography platform Keybase. With this, Zoom wants to ensure better security and encryption of video calls on the platform, the video service writes in a blog post on Thursday.
Zoom wants to use Keybase to ensure that end-to-end encryption is built into the platform. This is a strong form of encryption in which a message - or in this case a video call - is encrypted from start to finish. Zoom would not be able to see the video call.
Due to the growth that Zoom experienced due to the corona measures, the company came under a magnifying glass. Several vulnerabilities were identified. For example, at the end of March it turned out that Zoom's video calls are not fully encrypted, although the video service at the time claimed that this was the case.
The company then promised to work alone for better security for three months. The purchase of Keybase is part of that.
Max Krohn, co-founder and developer at Keybase, will manage the Zoom security team. "Our team is passionate about security and privacy. It is an honor to apply our encryption expertise to a platform used by hundreds of millions of people every day," said Krohn.