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After that large parts of the world closed down and many employees have been banished to the home office, video conferencing received a massive boom.

A number of companies, Norwegian and foreign, have experienced user growth as more and more encounters are taking place digitally.

But with digital communication also comes the need for security.

A number of security holes

The american nettvideotjenesten Zoom has grown immensely in popularity since the end of the year. From to have 10 million daily users in December of last year, used the service, now every day 200 million people, according to the company.

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Also in Norway used the service of companies and educational institutions.

But the last week have service received much praise for its treatment of user data and security.

The american nyhetsnettstedet Vice could first reveal that the company’s app for iPhone sent information about users to Facebook, without that this went out of these terms of use, and even if the user had not Facebookkonto.

POPULAR: the Zoom was as late as this week, used by the british government since the prime minister Boris Johnson (top left) sits in isolation.

Photo: Pippa Fowles / AFP

Zoom updated mobile app shortly after and removed the code that collected the data.

Tuesday could site The Intercept reveal that the communication through the app were not encrypted from user to user, so the company itself claimed. A spokesperson for the company confirmed to the site that the information is only encrypted between the user and Zooms servers.

the Company added that their staff do not have access to the text messages sent through the service.

Can steal your password

the Same day could be Vice to tell that the users of the service had experienced to get thousands of unknown people into the firmakontaktlisten.

I was shocked. I presented myself in the service and discovered 995 unknown persons with the name, picture and e-mail address, ” says Barend Gehrels to the site.

the Company explains that all with the same domain in the e-mail address will automatically be connected to the same company. The exception is if you have a private e-mail address at major providers like Gmail, Hotmail and Yahoo.

Dutch Gehrels had a home address from its national internet service provider XS4ALL, and since this service was not registered with Zoom, all with this e-mail domain is considered to work in the same company.

on Wednesday found the site Bleeping Computer enough a weakness in the service, which could lead to the fact that individuals with malicious intent could steal innloggingsinformasjonen to the user who clicked on a particular link.

Zoom confirmed to the site that they know of the weakness and are working to correct it.

the FBI warns – Elon Musk prohibits

the Series of revelations has now led to more u.s. companies prohibit their employees to use the service from Zoom.

Elon Musks romfartsselskap SpaceX sent the weekend out an internal e-mail where they prohibit their employees to use the Zoom, reports news agency Reuters.

“We have been familiar with the fact that many of us use this tools for conferences and møtestøtte. Please use the e-mail, text messages and telephone as alternative means of communication”, called in the warning.

Also the u.s. space agency Nasa has forbidden their employees to use the Zoom, confirms a spokeswoman.

Monday went to the american federal police the FBI out with a warning not to arrange any open meetings or spread the links to meetings, after several cases of those who have come into nettundervisning.

the Phenomenon has already been given the name “zoombombing”. Wednesday told the BBC about a jewish worship service that was flooded with anti-semitic messages from people who had found møtelenken on synagogens websites.

the director of public prosecutions in New York city sent Monday a letter to the Zoom where they ask them to elaborate on what kind of security measures they have implemented in order to handle the massive growth, writes The New York Times.

NorSIS will not dissuade

ENCRYPTION: Those who need end-to-end-encryption should choose a different service, believes Vidar Sandland in NorSIS.

Photo: Jan Tore Øverstad/NorSIS

On the website Netiquette has the Norwegian centre for informasjonssikring (NorSIS), the Nasjonal sikkerhetsmyndighet and National kommunikasjonsmyndighet made a guide for companies who use video conferencing these days.

On the overview of the services that can be used, is Zoom listed. Until Wednesday, provided the website that Zoom had end-to-end-encryption, but it is now updated with the new information.

– They have advertised for something they do not offer. For those who have a need for end-to-end encryption, it is very unfortunate if this was the premise for that they took in using the service, ” says senior adviser of NorSIS Vidar Sandland to NRK.

Without the end-to-end encryption can, in theory, the u.s. authorities get access to the calls.

– We have a general advice not to use the chat features to the exchange of sensitive information when the calls are often buffered and can be left on the videotjenesteleverandørens server, ” says Sandland.

NorSIS believe, however, that Zoom is safe for regular users to make use of, and will not discourage people from using the service.

For the most common users, who do not have end-to-end encryption as a requirement, then it will not be a problem to use the service, ” says Sandland.

Want to clean up

In a blog post, type the Zoom commander Eric S. Yuan that they now put all development of the service on hold in order to clean up the security challenges associated with the service.

– The next 90 days we will use our resources to identify and improve these things. We will also be open about the process along the way, writes Yuan.

NOT PREPARED: Zoom ceo Eric Yuan said they were not prepared for the massive brukerveksten of the service.

Photo: Mark Lennihan / AP

He says the company was taken by surprise by the violent explosion of users.

– This service was made for business. It was not made with the assumption that people the world over suddenly wanted to work, study and socialize away from home. We now have a more varied brukermasse that uses the service in ways we had not foreseen. This gives us challenges we are not so for us when the service was made, ” he explains further.

Naked man appeared

Also Norwegian suppliers of video conferencing has had unwanted experiences. In the last week told NRK that a naked man with erect penis managed to break into the hjemmeundervisningen to a group of nine-year-olds who used the Norwegian service Whereby.

the Company think the man has probably managed to guess the correct nettlenke.

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