China manipulates vulnerability data to hide intelligence service involvement

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It’s long been known that the Chinese government has links to hacker groups, but new research into the country’s national vulnerability database (CNNVD) reveals evidence of data being changed to hide influence by the country’s intelligence service. Research by security intelligence specialist Recorded Future back in November finds that CNNVD is faster than the US national vulnerability database (NVD) in reporting vulnerabilities — NVD trails CNNVD in average time between initial disclosure and database inclusion (33 days versus 13 days). However, during a follow up to that research, Recorded Future has discovered that China has a process for evaluating whether…

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