Microsoft Rewrites Wassenaar Arms Control Pact To Protect The Infosec Industry

The Wassenaar Arrangement “is threatening to choke the cyber-security industry, according to a consortium of cyber-security companies…supported by Microsoft among others,” reports SC Magazine. “‘Because the regulation is so overly broad, it would require cyber responders and security researchers to obtain an export license prior to exchanging essential information to remediate a newly identified network vulnerability, even when that vulnerability is capable of being exploited for purposes of surveillance,’ wrote Alan Cohn from the CRC on a Microsoft blog.” Reporter Darren Pauli contacted Slashdot with this report:
If the Wassenaar Arrangement carries through under its current state, it will force Microsoft to submit some 3800 applications for arms export every year, company assistant general counsel Cristin Goodwin says… The Wassenaar Arrangement caught all corners of the security industry off guard, but its full potentially-devastating effects will only be realised in coming months and years… Goodwin and [Symantec director of government affairs] Fletcher are calling on the industry to lobby their agencies to overhaul the dual-use software definition of the Arrangement ahead of a closed-door meeting in September where changes can be proposed.


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