Russia plans to develop Zoom analogue

Due to the coronavirus lockdown, schoolchildren, students, and employees of most companies had to transition to remote operation. Zoom has become the videoconferencing platform of choice and the most popular tool, as the service provides convenient functionality for online classes and business meetings.

However, Zoom users quickly exposed a major flaw in the system, and cybersecurity experts confirmed it is not sufficiently protected.

For example, not so long ago, the Singapore government officially forbid schools to use the platform after repeated hacker attacks (the attackers hacked lessons and streamed obscene content via screen sharing) and data leaks (experts believe Zoom can transfer data to third parties and might be used for industrial espionage, as many large companies use the platform to host business meetings).

Citing the Singapore case, Russian Education Minister Sergei Kravtsov said Russian developers are going to create a more secure domestic analogue of Zoom and Skype for schools before the next school year.

He noted that the domestic software solution will be more secure than many foreign systems. At the same time, there are no plans to ban Zoom in Russia.

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