The United States Department of Commerce said that it would not let any country take tools from the United States to help them hack into other countries. This is because hacking is hurting people and violating our rights.
Under new rules, hacking software and equipment can not be exported to China, Russia, or other countries of concern for national security. This is because it is illegal without a license from the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security.
As a result of the Biden administration limiting exports to China and Russia, the United States no longer sells advanced semiconductors and software with encryption to them.
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The latest sanctions will go into effect in 90 days. They will cover software such as Pegasus, which is made by NSO Group and is used to hack the phones of people who are against the government. It has even been used against journalists and activists.
Cyber security software is not a weapon. It does not need an export license. A proposed rule from BIS in 2015 received a lot of comments from people who had concerns about the software’s impact on cybersecurity research and incident response activities.
This rule will make the U.S. match with other countries that are part of the Wassenaar Arrangement. This group of countries agrees to control trade, military, and dual-use technologies.
U.S. is committed to working with other countries to stop the spread of certain technologies that can be used for bad things like spying on people. The Commerce Department has made a rule that makes it illegal to send these items outside of the U.S. This rule is an appropriate way because it stops bad people while still letting good people use them.
The Commerce Department was hacked last year by Russia and is now giving people 45 days to comment on the rule. They want people to comment about the cost of compliance and any impacts it could have on legitimate cybersecurity activities. They will then have another 45 days to make changes before it becomes final.