Work Falters on International Cyberweapons Controls

An international effort to prevent cyberweapons from reaching malicious regimes is at risk of coming apart amid objections from U.S. companies who claim it would upend the way they use and sell legitimate spyware. In the wake of the Arab Spring uprising, the U.S. and 40 other nations decided that virtual weapons should be subject to the same export control rules that have been used on heavy or unconventional weaponry like tanks and chemical weapons.