Read the full article by Michael French at AVN.com

 

Eric Yuan pledges new focus on ‘privacy and security’ as user numbers rise during lockdown.

The videoconferencing app Zoom has seen a sudden, massive rise in its popularity since one-third of the world went under some form of lockdown in the past several weeks. But what should be a bonanza for the company has turned into such a security nightmare for users, as AVN.com has reported, so much so that at least one senator felt compelled to pen a letter to CEO Eric Yuan demanding answers.

Whether Yuan has yet responded to Connecticut Democrat Richard Blumenthal’s letter last week is unclear, but the 50-year-old billionaire did issue a mea culpa of sorts to The Wall Street Journal.

Since Zoom jumped from 10 million daily users to 200 million thanks to the coronavirus lockdown, in which video chats offer a quick, safe, albeit virtual method of face-to-face communication, reports of “Zoombombing” incidents have become widespread and frequent.

That’s when an uninvited guest infiltrates a Zoom teleconference and starts streaming unsolicited porn, or in some cases racist images and other forms of hate material. To pull off a “Zoombomb” does not even take much technical skill. All it requires is access to the video chat’s host URL, and a host who has not bothered to password-protect the session.