Bounty platforms use 'white hat' hackers to prevent China's cyber attacks

Updated 2017-03-31 15:30:34

A “white hat” hacker explains cyber security technology at the China White Hat Conference in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, on March 30, 2017.

More than 800 Chinese “white hat” hackers gathered in Shenzhen, South China's Guangdong province, on Thursday, to attend the China White Hat Conference held by 360 Business Security Group's Butian Vulnerability Response Platform (Butian).

Unlike movie-fueled myths, most of them looked like ordinary young people in their early 20s rather than cynical, mysterious computer “nerds”.

Not yet acquiring much attention from the public, “white hat” hackers are a group of computer wizes who use hacking skills to identify the security loopholes in corporation or government computer systems to help them prevent cyber attacks.

Qi Xiangdong, chairman of 360 Business Security Group, one of China's leading online security service providers, said at the conference that a total of 31,633 “white hats” have registered on Butian since 2013, discovering more than 200,000 vulnerabilities.

Butian, established in March 2013, is China's first bounty vulnerability response platform.

Aiming to act as a bridge connecting corporations with “white hats”, it has developed a unique Security Response Center model, which refers to using cash awards offered by corporations to encourage “white hats” to identify loopholes for them.

The 2016 China Internet Security Report released by the 360 Cyber Security Center said that Butian found more than 37,000 loopholes last year on over 30,000 websites.

According to the report, 93.9 percent of the loopholes were process cases that could have been effectively used or invaded.

Also in the News

Nicole Kidman Recalls Oscar Glory: Loneliest Time
Showbiz2016/06/16 13:58January 20 2018 03:30:01

Nicole Kidman Recalls Oscar Glory: Loneliest Time

Attending Shanghai International Film Festival, Nicole Kidman talks about her role in "Grace of Monaco".

Labor Day Travel Peak Starts
Also in the News2014/05/01 12:16January 20 2018 03:30:01

Labor Day Travel Peak Starts

Johnny Depp Delivers a Speech 'Evolve the Future' in 'Transcendence'
Also in the News2014/04/18 13:18January 20 2018 03:30:01

Johnny Depp Delivers a Speech 'Evolve the Future' in 'Transcendence'

Hollywood star Johnny Depp's speech in the upcoming new film "Transcendence" has been disclosed on Friday, April 11th.

Most Watched

China World Business Sports Showbiz Audio
C4 My Chinese Life The Sound Stage China Revealed Showbiz Video Travel Video
China World Fun Travel Entertainment Sports
Beijing Shanghai Guangzhou
Live Music Opera & Classical Movies Traditional Shows Exhibitions
Learn Chinese:
Chinese Studio Living Chinese Everyday Chinese Just For Fun Chinese Culture Buzzwords