Qihoo CEO Debunks EOS Shortselling Ahead of Mainnet Launch June 2

Sat, 06/02/2018 - 11:54
Urvashi Verma
Qihoo 360 CEO denies that EOS security disclosure has malicious move to garner short-selling
Qihoo CEO Debunks EOS Shortselling Ahead of Mainnet Launch June 2
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After raising a record-breaking $4 bln, the EOS project is fraught with uncertainty due to security flaws detected by Chinese firm Qihoo 360 on May 29.

While EOS developers fixed the bug on the same day and Block.one 's CTO Daniel Larimer subsequently announced a 'bug bounty' on Twitter, offering $10,000 for major finds, some experts have asserted Qihoo 360’s security disclosure was malicious move to garner short selling of EOS tokens.

Zhou Hongyi founder and CEO Qihoo 360 denies that the disclosure had any mal-intent, underscoring that the bugs were fixed before the report.

Zhou Hongyi said in an interview with Chinese media:

“We do not engage in malicious short selling. If we really want to do that, we could keep a lid on those vulnerabilities and reveal them immediately after EOS launches its mainnet. We strictly follow principles of disclosing vulnerabilities across the cybersecurity industry.”

Zhou Hongyi added: “If we reveal the security flaws before they are fixed, it will invite unwanted hacker attention. Therefore those bugs of EOS platform were fixed before we released the report.”

Hongyi also added that during he kept in communication with EOS’s Larimer regarding their findings and the EOS team acknowledge Qihoo 360 strengths.


While Qihoo 360’s denies any malintent, according to reports, EOS LaoMao, an EOS block producer and a significant investor of BlockOne who has previously made remarks that Larimer the founder of EOS was “unscrupulous”  was also cooperating with Qihoo 360.

EOS, whose mainnet is scheduled to launch on tomorrow as planned and has dropped a scant two percent in the last 24 hours to $12.14 from $ 12.48 at the time of writing, according to data compiled by Coinmarketcap data.

About the author

Urvashi Verma is a Chicago-based reporter who writes about the convergence of technology and business. She is interested in fintech, digital currencies, blockchain and currency markets. Urvashi formerly worked with the Times of Israel covering Israel's booming tech industry including Start-Up Nation, venture capital investment, and crowd-funding platforms.