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U.S. aims to limit exports of undisclosed software flaws

Written by Reuters
Illustration file picture shows a man typing on a computer keyboard in Warsaw
  • Reuters
  • 2 years ago

Illustration file picture shows a man typing on a computer keyboard in Warsaw

The U.S. Commerce Department proposed new export controls Wednesday that would treat unknown software flaws as potential weapons, a move aimed at reducing the security industry’s aid to rival nations.

The department said it was following through on an international commitment to address the evolution of warfare to include more technology.

But some security researchers said the rules, which are subject to public comment for 60 days, would fail to curb the black market while hindering cross-border collaboration and sales of defensive products.

The regulations are broadly written and cover what are known as “zero-day” flaws, or security vulnerabilities that the software vendors do not know about.

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