Chinese Companies Are Outspending The U.S. To Secure The Internet

By Chris Stokel-Walker In the wake of last month’s massive Heartbleed security flaw, Chinese tech companies have stepped up and are now outspending their U.S. counterparts to secure the internet, including, as BuzzFeed has learned exclusively, a $50,000 per year sponsorship deal from the Chinese IT company Huawei. Heartbleed, a critical flaw in the code of OpenSSL, the security toolkit used by many of the internet’s biggest sites, drew intense scrutiny to the work of OpenSSL’s Stephen Henson and Steve Marquess, who as BuzzFeed revealed, along with a couple of other part-time developers, are working tirelessly to protect the internet on a shoestring budget. Marquess, speaking to BuzzFeed for that article, explained that many big technology companies had approached him in the aftermath of the Heartbleed bug to begin negotiations around supporting the open-source project financially. At the time, in an email to the OpenSSL development email group, Marquess wrote that “as appropriate funding becomes available, the OpenSSL team will expand to be bigger, better, and more effective.” Stephen Henson affirmed in a subsequent email: “Changes are coming,” he wrote in late April, “big changes for the better.” While money is coming in, it’s showing up from an unexpected region. Since the news of Heartbleed first broke, it has been Chinese companies who have run to ensure the future protection of the internet. “To date we’ve had only one outright donation from any U.S. company (not to diminish some significant funding via commercial contracts, of course),” Marquess tells BuzzFeed. Read the full article here:

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