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The UN Cybercrime Treaty, currently being drafted, has raised concerns among security researchers as it could hinder their efforts to enhance global security and prevent cybercrime. Over 120 prominent security researchers and cybersecurity organizations have called for modifications to protect security research.
This dangerous paragraph must be removed and replaced with language specifying that custodians must only comply with lawful orders to the extent of their ability.
The draft includes ambiguous language and overbroad provisions that increase the risk of prosecution for security researchers. The final negotiations for the treaty end on February 9th.
Experts who work globally to find and fix vulnerabilities before real criminals can exploit them said in a statement today that vague language and overbroad provisions in the draft increase the risk that researchers could face prosecution.