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Armorize's Huang cancels Black Hat China talk

A Black Hat 2010 presentation on the hacking community in China was canceled at the request of the Taiwanese government.

A prominent speaker on cyberwarefare and the hacking underground has canceled his appearance at Black Hat 2010 in response to pressure from the Taiwanese government over the sensitivity of his presentation.

Wayne Huang, founder and chief technology officer of application security vendor Armorize Technologies Inc., canceled his talk, entitled "The Chinese Cyber Army: An Archaeological Study from 2001 to 2010." Armorize CEO Caleb Sima disclosed the cancelation late Wednesday in an entry on Twitter.

Huang was to give the presentation July 28 with Jack Yu, a researcher at Armorize.

The talk was supposed to highlight the stark differences in the attention given to hacking attacks in the United States to those in Asia. Huang was set to demonstrate that both government-backed cyberespionage and commercial espionage have been well established since 2002, becoming commonplace for people in Asia, according to the Black Hat presentation description. Data supporting the presentation was collected "through intelligence trading, and through our involvement in helping Asian governments in their investigation efforts."

Huang, who is based in Taipei, Taiwan was unavailable for comment.

In posts on Twitter, Armorize's Sima said Taiwanese officials prohibited the talk, which would have included "Chinese net army data that is not public." Sima called the prohibition "ridiculous."

~Robert Westervelt

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