Ethical hackers came this year with more useful reports




Six telecom companies have this year through responsible disclosure hotlines 394 reports of so-called ethical hackers ingested, including 120 useful tips. That is an increase compared to 2013.

The hotline responsible disclosure was opened in October 2012 by KPN, T-Mobile, Tele2, UPC, Vodafone and Ziggo. Each telco has previously run its own hotline on the website. Through the hotline can ‘white hats’ tips leave about potential security holes in systems of telecommunications companies. In 2014, this so far yielded 394 messages on. About two thirds of the reports concerned ultimately false alarm, but 120 reports were useful. In 2013, the number of useful reports was still 77 at a total of 366 tips.

Some of the 120 reports of ethical hackers related to the same vulnerability. Nevertheless, say the telecom companies are pleased with the hotline because the white hats as ICT Netherlands ‘valuable contributions’ supply security systems used by the six telecom companies.

Hotlines for Responsible disclosures late submission if necessary ethical hackers anonymous reports about possible vulnerabilities. The participating companies promise to not report cybercrime as hackers abide by the rules. One is that the hack method is not shared with others and that the telecom companies have the opportunity to fill the holes. Also allowed the hackers while investigating a possible vulnerability no harm. Include vulnerability to business fiber connections KPN was detected last year through a notification and corrected by the provider.


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