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Big Tech Pledges to Fight Cyberattacks, but Not to Help Governments in Cyberwars

By William Vogeler, Esq. on April 19, 2018 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

Big tech companies have pledged not to engage in cyberwar, but isn't it a little late for that?

Facebook, the biggest name on the pledge list, was apparently an instrument of Russia in an attack on U.S. voters. The fallout may even topple the president, if another scandal doesn't get him first.

So what do you call it when 34 major companies promise to have no part of cyberwar? A good start?

Cyberwar Is Here

Everybody knows that cyberwar is in full swing, as hackers wreak havoc around the world. They crash systems, steal identities, and take no prisoners.

But Facebook, Microsoft, and other major tech companies say it won't happen on their watch. They signed a Cybersecurity Tech Accord to protect against cyberattacks and not to help governments launch cyberwar on "innocent citizens and enterprises."

"Almost all the companies on board are U.S.-based, though," notes the Verge and other media. It means that Russia, North Korea, Iran or China -- or any other regime that threatens to nuke or decapitate Americans -- are not on board with it.

Not All Aboard

The New York Times says the so-called "tech treaty" is very limited for another reason. It doesn't include companies like Apple, Google and Amazon.

Facebook, in the meantime, almost had to sign on. After the scandal with Cambridge Analytica, the tech accord was a baby step back from the scandal.

Mark Zuckerberg admitted making a "huge mistake," which led to some 87 million Facebook users being exploited by the political consulting firm. It had hired a Soviet-born researcher, who collected the user data allegedly to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

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