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Organized Control of Exporting Security Tool Software Planned

The Wassenaar Arrangement, an international arms control organization consisting of 41 states, has designed plans to control the exporting of specific software security tools based on theories that such tools may be used for "nefarious purposes," according to a recent article published on the ZDNet website.

The article indicates that The Wassenaar Arrangement – created in 1996 – contributes to "regional and international security and stability…by promoting transparency and greater responsibility in transfers of conventional arms and dual-use goods and technologies, thus preventing destabilizing accumulations."

According to the article, the structure of this organization is represented by the United States, some European states, Argentina, Australia, Turkey, and other countries. The article states that this "regime_" plans to "_classify software and hardware products for hacking and network surveillance and intelligence_." According to the article, they have labeled these as "_dual use_" products and, according to the article, "_may be detrimental to international and regional security and stability."

Read more about these plans and their impact on importing these security tools in the original article here at ZDNet online.

Written by Bryon Turcotte  /  December 5, 2013

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