Dec 062016
 
 December 6, 2016  Surveillance

Tina Amirtha reports:

Last month, the Netherlands government gave its police and central intelligence agency official approval to exploit zero-day vulnerabilities.

These hardware and software flaws, which are unknown to the public and often also to the product makers themselves, are seen by Dutch law-enforcement agencies as key tools in understanding potential cyberattacks.

But critics believe that allowing security agencies to exploit zero-days amounts to a license to conduct covert surveillance programs on the public.

Read more on ZDNet.

Of course, this issue is also one that affects the U.S., and there has been much debate about whether law enforcement here should be sitting on – and exploiting – 0days without notifying manufacturers. And of course, what happens when  the government’s stash of 0days gets hacked?

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