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Cybersecurity tools could become easier to export as the US seeks to amend an international arms-control deal that controls their spread.
A congressman said the US wanted to renegotiate the Wassenaar Arrangement.
The deal restricts the flow of arms – including “intrusion software” – to oppressive regimes. But some have said it also covers tools that can improve cybersecurity.
The move was praised by online freedom campaigners.
The proposal to amend the deal “represents a major victory for cybersecurity here and around the world,” said US congressman Jim Langevin in a statement announcing the news.
“While well-intentioned, the Wassenaar Arrangement’s ‘intrusion software’ control was imprecisely drafted, and it has become evident that there is simply no way to interpret the plain language of the text in a way that does not sweep up a multitude of important security products.”
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), which