Wooyun, the website for China’s largest vulnerability hunting and reporting community, was shut down in July 2016, and its founder Fang Xiaodun and other website personnel were reportedly arrested. The immediate cause seems to be a complaint from a corporate target whose data was “stolen” by a vulnerability hunter who reported the vulnerability through Wooyun. Other Chinese reporting indicates that Chinese corporations had become frustrated with white-hat hackers for exposing their system vulnerabilities, and the Wooyun community became a focus of this frustration. The arrests indicate a shift in government attitude, perhaps because of corporate pressure, and vulnerability hunting may be entering a period of pushback from both government and the Chinese business community.
*Criminal or state actors who are organized, highly technical, proficient, well-funded professionals working in teams to discover new vulnerabilities and develop exploits.
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