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.”
The structure of this organization is represented by the United States, some European states, Argentina, Australia, Turkey and other countries, according to the article. The article states that this “regime” plans to “classify software and hardware products for hacking and network surveillance and intelligence”. They have labeled these as “dual use” products and, according to the article, “may be detrimental to international and regional security and stability.”