Commerce Rule Cracks Down on Sales of Hacking Tools to Foreign Governments

Commerce Rule Cracks Down on Sales of Hacking Tools to Foreign Governments

The Commerce Department on Wednesday announced a new rule aimed at stemming the export or resale of hacking tools to China and Russia and other countries with “authoritarian” practices.

The agency’s Bureau of Industry and Security issued a 65-page interim final rule establishing controls on the export, reexport, or transfer of certain cybersecurity items, requiring a license to ship these products to any countries posing a national security or weapons of mass destruction risk — including China and Russia and other nations “of concern.”

“The United States Government opposes the misuse of technology to abuse human rights or conduct other malicious cyber activities, and these new rules will help ensure that U.S. companies are not fueling authoritarian practices,” the Commerce Department said in a statement.

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