UK white hats blacklisted by Cisco Talos after smart security code stumbles


UK security training company Hacker House briefly had its site blocked after being mistaken for malware by Cisco’s security wing Talos’ smart “threat intelligence” software.

Hacker House runs training classes on ethical hacking and defense techniques, as well as its own business security services in areas like penetration testing or network analysis. But on Wednesday morning things started to go awry.

The company’s training programs include things like security sandboxes and hands-on with code samples. This, apparently, triggered the Talos service to label the site as malicious and block it for customers.

Hacker House co-founder Matthew ‘Hacker Fantastic’ Hickey told The Register the issue began when some of his customers had reported being unable to access his site.

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