Taiwan blocked all government use of Zoom, becoming one of the first countries to impose an outright ban on the popular video-conferencing app over security issues.
Agencies ought to avoid utilizing services such as Zoom as they may have security glitches, the island’s cabinet mentioned in a statement Tuesday. Governments, businesses and people all over the world, along with in Taiwan, have been utilizing the app to conduct meetings remotely in an effort to attenuate person-to-person contact amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Taiwan’s ban is the latest hit to San Jose-based Zoom Video Communications as it struggles to cope with an explosion in demand for its services. Hundreds of thousands of people have turned to the app as they work and study from home amid the global lockdown.
However, cybersecurity researchers have warned that security bugs in the software might allow hackers to eavesdrop on meetings or even commandeer linked machines to access files.
Taiwan isn’t the first to take such action. Elon Musk’s SpaceX and New York City’s Division of Education have already banned its use.
Zoom routed some data through servers based in China in addition to using developers there.
Any official data being routed via China poses a major threat to Taiwan. Beijing claims the self-governed island as part of its territory and warns to invade if Taiwan moves to make its independence official.