By Center for Internet and Society on January 15, 2014 at 10:47 am
Last month, changes to the Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls for Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies (“Wassenaar Arrangement”) placed “zero-days”, other computer exploits, and potentially more categories of software under this multilateral export control regime. These changes take place following reports that the U.S. government purchases “zero day” computer security vulnerabilities—previously unknown exploits—for use by the NSA’s targeted hacking team. Support for these recent changes has come from policy makers and privacy advocates concerned with keeping exploits and network surveillance tools out of the hands of repressive regimes, economic spies, and other bad actors internationally.
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