Yesterday the famous video conferencing provider Zoom officially announced that it has acquired Keybase, a file sharing and messaging platform renowned for its security.
— Zoom (@zoom_us) May 7, 2020
One of the criticisms that were directed at Zoom since its launch focused precisely on security, given that there was initially the possibility of reviewing and retrieving past video conferences. This forced the company to update and integrate an encryption service in order to make data transmission more secure.
Moreover, at the end of April, Zoom was hacked.
Although the platform is currently centralized, perhaps this acquisition will take its security to a higher level through the integration of the Keybase team.
The CEO of Zoom, Eric S. Yuan, recalled that there are several platforms that offer end-to-end encrypted communication, but that only Keybase delivers a truly in-depth level of knowledge of the subject.
“The first step is getting the right team together. Keybase brings deep encryption and security expertise to Zoom, and we’re thrilled to welcome Max and his team. Bringing on a cohesive group of security engineers like this significantly advances our 90-day plan to enhance our security efforts.”
It is worth noting that the Keybase team is dedicated to security and privacy, as pointed out by Keybase co-founder Max Krohn:
“Keybase is thrilled to join Team Zoom! Our team is passionate about security and privacy, and it is an honor to be able to bring our encryption expertise to a platform used by hundreds of millions of participants a day.”
All the details on how the new security will be developed within Zoom will be released after May 22nd to get feedback from users and further improve it.
This is definitely a success for Keybase that unfortunately is also famous for having failed to manage the 2 billion Stellar (XLM) crypto airdrop.