Aug 22 2009
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.
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