Zoom Revamps Bug Bounty Program

Zoom Teams Up With Luta Security to Revamp Bug Bounty Program

Zoom announced on Wednesday that it has teamed up with Katie Moussouris’ company, Luta Security, to revamp its bug bounty program.

Zoom announced on April 1 that it would be making significant changes to its bug bounty program, after experts raised concerns about Zoom security and researchers reported finding potentially serious vulnerabilities in the video conferencing service.

Zoom has now announced some of the steps it plans on taking to improve its bug bounty program. The company has joined forces with Luta Security, which will help it obtain feedback on its current program.

Luta Security founder Katie Moussouris is well known for launching and improving bug bounty programs. Moussouris helped Microsoft launch its bug bounty programs and she also worked for bug bounty platform provider HackerOne, including when the Pentagon launched its first bug bounty initiative.

Moussouris says her company has been working with Zoom since last summer “to assess the functional health and sustainability of their existing bug bounty programs, and the internal engineering processes needed to run it.”

Luta and Zoom are now asking for feedback on the current bug bounty program, information that they will use to “re-architect Zoom’s bug bounty and vulnerability disclosure programs, and help get Zoom’s overall security house in order.”

Zoom said on Wednesday that it has also brought in other “world-class experts” to help secure and enhance its solutions. One of them is Alex Stamos, Facebook’s former CSO, who has joined the company as an outside advisor.

Vice has reported that someone is claiming to have a zero-day exploit affecting the Zoom app for Windows, and they’re asking $500,000 for it. The remote code execution exploit allegedly requires the hacker to be in a call with the targeted user. Zoom says it has launched an investigation, but so far it has “not found any evidence substantiating these claims.”

Researchers also reported earlier this month that they had identified a Zoom credentials database on the dark web.

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Eduard Kovacs (@EduardKovacs) is a contributing editor at SecurityWeek. He worked as a high school IT teacher for two years before starting a career in journalism as Softpedia’s security news reporter. Eduard holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial informatics and a master’s degree in computer techniques applied in electrical engineering.

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