Wassenaar targets cyber-warfare systems, communications surveillance with new rules

11 December 2019

Key Points

  • Military-grade offensive cyber-warfare technologies given increased controls through addition to military list
  • Addition of offensive cyber-warfare technologies comes after significant concerns raised by private sector over impact on vulnerability assessments.

The multilateral export control organisation, the Wassenaar Arrangement, held its annual plenary meeting of member states on 4–5 December, and launched new export control measures that will be cascaded into legislation by member states.

Under the new provisions to Military List item 21, software designed or modified for the conduct of military offensive cyber operations will be controlled as a military technology and subject to stringent controls by participating states.

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