Zoom is acquiring Keybase to add enterprise-scale end-to-end encryption
The Zoom teleconference service has today announced that it is acquiring secure messaging and file-sharing service Keybase for an undisclosed amount. The acquisition aims to help Zoom speed up its development plans to implement end-to-end encryption on the platform following its widely covered security controversies in the wake of COVID-19.
In Zoom's official announcement of the acquisition, the company lays out its plans for the near future. This includes implementing an end-to-end encrypted meeting mode for paid Zoom users. The post emphasizes that it will have a detailed design draft of its cryptographic design to power end-to-end encryption by Friday, May 22nd.
In Keybase's post about the announcement, the team gives a summary of how Keybase's underlying technology operates and how it will be impacting Zoom. The post ends with the following statement:
"Initially, our single top priority is helping to make Zoom even more secure. There are no specific plans for the Keybase app yet. Ultimately Keybase's future is in Zoom's hands, and we'll see where that takes us. Of course, if anything changes about Keybase’s availability, our users will get plenty of notice."
With a strict focus on strengthening security, no changes are planned for Keybase in the immediate future. However, its long-term fate after it has successfully implemented its security practices into Zoom is yet to be seen. The Keybase team promises that it will "be in touch" if there are any changes set to be made to the Keybase app or service.