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After 'WannaCrypt', should governments stockpile software vulnerabilities?

Should governments adhere in cyberspace to the same rules applied to weapons in the physical world?

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The “WannaCrypt” malware has disrupted vital infrastructure in almost 100 countries so far. Security analysts are concerned it may be part of a dump of security flaws a group called the Shadow Brokers claims to have stolen from the United States’ National Security Agency. The Conversation

In a blog post Sunday, Microsoft’s president and chief legal officer, Brad Smith, decried government stockpiling of software vulnerabilities.

“We have seen vulnerabilities stored by the CIA show up on WikiLeaks, and now this vulnerability stolen from the NSA has affected customers around the world,” he wrote. “The governments of the world should treat this attack as a wake-up call. They need to take a different approach and adhere in cyberspace to the same rules applied to weapons in the physical world.”...

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