Aug 22 2009

Microsoft looks for cooperation at Chinese hacker conference

Published by at 12:11 am under Hacker Organization

Last year we reported on Xcon 2008, a Chinese hacker conference that is held annually in Beijing.   Well, for Xcon 2009, it looks like Microsoft, a sponsor of the program,  is attempting to reach out to the “security researchers” attending the meeting:

Microsoft shared the stage with Chinese security researchers at a Beijing hacker conference on Wednesday, aiming to build ties in a country that produces a growing number of threats to Microsoft products.

John Lambert, a team head at the Microsoft Security Engineering Center, spoke to an audience of a few hundred people about security features in Microsoft products and tools used by the company to find vulnerabilities in its software.

This is probably a smart move on Microsoft’s part; greater access and a little money for advance notice of zero-day attacks.  Or, a really horrible idea that will haunt them forever.  Either way.

6 responses so far

6 Responses to “Microsoft looks for cooperation at Chinese hacker conference”

  1. BeatUpPrideon 24 Aug 2009 at 4:46 am

    I was planning to attend Xcon2009, but the official web site is so terribly done that it actually discouraged me from visiting Beijing. They didn’t even posted the speakers info until the “last minutes”.

    Besides, I don’t recall they indicates in their website that Microsoft is one of their sponsor?!

  2. Heikeon 24 Aug 2009 at 6:34 am


    I went in 2006, pretty much the same. Microsoft has sponsored them every year as well as NSFOCUS. NSFOCUS is just a name change for the Green Army, China’s first hacker organization gone legit.

  3. BeatUpPrideon 25 Aug 2009 at 12:07 am


    Thanks for the info!
    I hope I can go to Beijing next year. Talk about information security conferences in Asia, HITB Malaysia sounds good to me. I want to go there if my boss permits.

  4. Heikeon 25 Aug 2009 at 4:58 am

    If you have the opportunity to attend, we would love to hear about it. That is of course if your company allows it.

  5. Sanamion 29 Aug 2009 at 11:49 pm

    I would never goto anything Microsoft sponsered. Microsoft is the biggest hacker corporation in the world and Bill Gates is a hacker himself how do you think it made his way to the top…

  6. Heikeon 30 Aug 2009 at 10:47 am

    I can see you are going to be a pleasure to have around.