China Hosts Cybersecurity Conference

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Cybersecurity experts from around the world are meeting in Beijing, China this week to discuss cyber issues, according to Chinese news agency Xinhuanet. Around 300 individuals from countries including the United States, Japan and Australia are attending the event, hosted by XFOCUS, a Chinese information security society.

The conference is designed to allow security professionals to exchange information, discuss skills and technical issues, according to Fang Xing, one of 16 members of XFOCUS.

“We don’t want to be confused with the so-called hackers,” said Fang,who is the CEO of the Nanjing-based Vulnhunt, an IT company. “Although many people call us ‘hackers’, actually we are the ‘white hats’ who have conducted deep research on hackers’ technologies to help enterprises and users defend themselves against hackers.”

Some of the individuals who attended the recent BlackHat and DefCon meetings are also said to be in attendance.

“We want to create understanding between the two hacker cultures,” said Colin Ames, who is a part of a scouting team. “It’s nonsense that all Chinese hackers are evil and hack for the government.”

Ames is looking to learn more regarding China’s IT challenges and share some of the issues the United States faces.

“We believe that through understanding and friendship, we can avoid problems and bad assumptions we can learn from each other and improve the state of security of both nations,” he said.

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