Zoom surpasses 300 million daily users despite new security vulnerability

Staff Writer

Zoom CEO Eric Yuan

During Zoom CEO Eric Yuan’s most recent “Ask Me Anything” webinar, the exec shared that Zoom now has more than 300 million daily users. According to Silicon Angle, the number of daily users has also increased by more than 50% in just the last 3 weeks alone.

The webinar also included an update from the CEO on the progress they have made on their 90-day security plan, and the outline of the rollout next week of the new version of the app that includes additional encryption features.

To put Zoom’s growth in perspective, Microsoft Teams reached 44 million active daily users in mid-March and added more than 10 million users in just one week. Based on figures from App Annie, Zoom is the number one app of the COVID-19 and has been since March. “Clearly the Zoom platform is providing an incredibly valuable service to our global users during this challenging time,” CEO Eric Yuan said.

Yesterday, Zoom released Zoom 5.0 that included some significant security upgrades. New features include 256-bit AES encryption for data in transit, and multiple changes to the security options that allow meeting organizers to control chats and screens, with the ability to report a user and locking the meeting room to avoid unwanted participants.

Despite the new upgrades, Morphisec Technologies Ltd. released a newly discovered vulnerability in Zoom that allows potential attackers to record Zoom sessions and capture chats. According to the report, the new malware vulnerability can fully control the output of a meeting without any of the participants being aware of it happening. It is unclear from Zoom’s security blog, or from the new report, whether the new upgrade resolves the new issue.