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Addressing Recent Zoom News

8 April 2020
By Ashwin Rangan

Recently, ICANN’s video conferencing platform, Zoom, has been in the news quite a bit. With shelter-in-place and work-from-home becoming more familiar, not only for the ICANN community but the world at large, Zoom has become a vital tool for many businesses. With this recent increase in Zoom usage, we’ve also seen a number of bugs, flaws, and security vulnerabilities come to light.

It’s natural that a hugely popular system like Zoom will be poked and prodded, and it’s likely that alarming bits of information will continue to be revealed in the coming weeks and months.

However, it’s important to remember that almost any piece of software has bugs and glitches. What’s vitally important in these moments is how the software vendor reacts to receiving such information. In this regard, ICANN applauds Zoom for their efforts. Every time a new vulnerability has been exposed, Zoom has reacted swiftly by releasing patches within a day or two, while remaining transparent about the nature of the underlying issues.

If you care to learn more about any specific vulnerability or how Zoom has responded, we highly recommend taking a look at Zoom’s blog, which is available here. As stated before, it’s likely that this won’t be the last time we will hear about Zoom’s flaws, either from security researchers or new attack vectors.

While we continue to monitor developments, ICANN remains committed to Zoom. We strive to offer the best solutions to our community, and at this time, we are still confident that Zoom fits the bill.

If you have any questions or comments regarding Zoom and how it may relate to you, please do not hesitate to reach out to mts@icann.org or leave a comment below.


Ashwin Rangan

Ashwin Rangan