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U.S. probes Zoom's $15bn Five9 deal over national security risks

China links shine spotlight on videoconference company once again

Founded in 2011 by Chinese-born engineer Eric Yuan, Zoom has come under scrutiny in the U.S. for its ties to China.    © Reuters

PALO ALTO, U.S. -- The U.S. Department of Justice has launched an investigation into Zoom's proposed $15 billion acquisition of American cloud contact center software Five9, as the deal poses potential national security risks due to "foreign participation," a public filing shows.

The Justice Department asked the Federal Communications Commission, which is reviewing the deal, to not take any action until it completes the investigation over the companies' "foreign relationships and ownership," according to a letter submitted to the FCC last month.

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