LINE Developer Week 2015

My name is Augustin Wang. I work for LINE Taiwan as an application analyst and an API developer. In November 2015, I experienced LINE Developer Week and cannot wait to share my wonderful memories in this post.

Arrival in Korea

What an exciting day! To start off, I could barely sleep because of the early flight we booked and because of my excitement from visiting Korea for the first time. After approximately one hour bus time from Incheon International Airport, we arrived at the Korea office around Seohyun station. There were so many cute decorations with LINE Friends figures and related items in the Korea office.

I met lots of colleagues from Japan and China. We talked to each other in different languages: Chinese, English, Japanese and Korean. There is absolutely no language barrier between LINE engineers!

Results From the LINE Bug Bounty

Preparing the Bug Bounty Program

Hello. I am MJ, a LINE security engineer.

In this post I would like to share the results of the 2015 LINE Bug Bounty (August 24-September 23). As our first ever bug bounty program, we are very pleased with how well the program came together.

The core objective of the program was to discover and fix potential vulnerabilities in our services so that our users can enjoy them safely. Several departments lent us a hand in preparing the program and we could not have done it without them.

New generation of safe messaging: “Letter Sealing”

Hello, my name is JI and I am working at LINE as a security engineer.

People might have wondered how safe mobile applications are. Message security is surely something most of you have thought about before. As we are centered around mobile messaging, all the engineers at LINE do take extra care to make our app even safer. But when companies are asked about how safe their message transfer process actually is, not many mobile messaging app companies are able to clearly explain about their security.

Today, I proudly present the newest security feature called “Letter Sealing.” A new feature added in version 5.3.0 of LINE.

Safe delivery of messages

Since time immemorial, methods to transfer secrets between one another have existed, and were an important part of human history. People would whisper secrets in dark alleyways or sometimes even devise a code to prevent any potential eavesdroppers from understanding what they were saying.

True Delete

Hello, I am H2spice. I work in security development here at LINE.

This post will cover how your data can be leaked if your mobile device is stolen, and what we at LINE are doing to prevent that: a new feature called “True Delete.”

There are many instances where people lose their mobile devices, or leave their devices unattended in places where anyone can access them. Many serious problems may arise if someone else obtains your mobile device and gains access to the information inside. Devices like your smartphone contain information such as call records, messages, contacts, schedules, browsing history, navigational data, photos, memos and so on. Information leaks like this can lead to an invasion of your privacy, or a breach of confidential company information in some cases. There have been reports where thieves would steal mobile devices for this exact purpose. While our mobile devices bring us great convenience, one mistake and they can be used against you.

Introducing the LINE Bug Bounty Program

Hello. I am MJ from the LINE Security Department. In this post, I would like to announce the details of the LINE Bug Bounty.

What is a bug bounty?

Companies use bug bounty programs to strengthen their services and products by rewarding users that can find vulnerabilities in them. Many companies have used these programs to take a more active role in strengthening the security of their services.

LINE has grown as a global company that now provides services to more than 2 hundred million active users on a monthly basis. The number of products and services have increased, and so have the number of users that require protection. We at LINE aim to provide a more stable service as a result of this bug bounty.

Improving Call Quality On Popcorn Buzz, A Multi-user Call Service

We are IG and JN, and we work in the mobile VoIP development department at LINE.
In this post, we would like to talk about what we have done to improve the call quality on the newly launched Popcorn Buzz.

Introduction

Popcorn Buzz is a group call service that enables up to 200 users to call simultaneously over the internet. Popcorn Buzz users will be able to gather in a virtual space like the one you see below. They will be able to talk to each other, or even hold large-scale conference calls and such.

Analyzing Large Amounts of Security Data With Spark, Mesos, Zeppelin, and HDFS

Hello, we are WJ and KH and we are in charge of game security development at LINE.

A massive number of players play LINE Games at any given time, and that is why quick issue analysis and response can be difficult. With the large increase in LINE Game players and users from abroad, many instances of abuse (profiting through unauthorized actions) are being observed. Abusing the system affects other players that are playing the game by the rules, while also directly affecting the game itself. Responding to these abuses as quickly as possible is crucial to keeping the game stable, and to protect players that are playing the game as intended.

LINE DEVELOPER DAY_2015 Videos and Slides

Hello, my name is K. I was in charge of organizing this year’s conference. As announced in the LINE DEVELOPER DAY_2015 Tokyo Announcement « LINE Engineers’ Blog post, the LINE DEVELOPER DAY_2015 conference was held on April 28th, 2015.

There were so many people that signed up for the conference, we could not invite everyone. But thanks to all the engineers that showed interest in the event, the conference was a huge success. We would like to express our sincere gratitude!