DCU continues to use Zoom amid security concerns

Joanathon Lynam

DCU will continue to use Zoom for online lectures despite ongoing security issues with the free version of the service.

Despite being aware of ongoing security issues DCU will continue to use zoom services for online lectures, with a spokesperson for the university saying they’re satisfied all its “IT systems have appropriate cybersecurity protection in place” due to them using a licensed version of the remote conferencing service.

“DCU is aware of security concerns that have been raised in the media which relate predominantly to the free version of Zoom.”

“DCU does not use the free version of Zoom but a licenced version with a number of functionalities disabled with additional cybersecurity measures in place. DCU is satisfied all of its IT systems have appropriate cybersecurity protection in place.” a DCU spokesperson said.

The service has been criticised by many journalists and security experts in recent weeks for security weaknesses. These weaknesses have included the IOS version of the app sending data to Facebook, the service not using end to end encryption despite promising it in its marketing material and many more.

An investigation by The Washington Post found thousands of recordings of Zoom video calls were left unprotected and available for viewing on the open web including private therapy sessions.

On Sunday, Zoom admitted that some video calls were “mistakenly” routed through two Chinese whitelisted servers when they should not have been and on Monday cybersecurity firm Sixgill revealed that it discovered an actor in a popular dark web forum had posted a link to a collection of 352 compromised Zoom accounts.

These security concerns have led to some governments such as Taiwan and parts of the German government banning the use of the service as well as companies such as Elon Musk’s SpaceX.

In a statement founder and chief executive of Zoom, Eric Yuan admitted that the platform struggled to deal with the increased popularity and stated that the platform had primarily been built for large institutions with full IT support not consumer use cases.

“We recognize that we have fallen short of the community’s – and our own – privacy and security expectations. For that, I am deeply sorry”, he said.

Zoom has paused all-new feature updates to instead focus engineering resources on security issues.

Jonathon Lynam

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