Facebook, Microsoft, and other tech companies pledge to never help governments launch cyberattacks
According to the NYT, the driving impetus for the coalition has been Microsoft president Brad Smith, whose goal is, ultimately, to develop a “digital Geneva Convention” to set the rules for acceptable digital warfare. As listed in the accord, there are four areas that the signed companies are promising to improve upon: helping to protect customers from future attacks, refusing to assist governments in launching attacks, working to improve the ability of developers and customers to protect themselves, and collectively working to collaborate and share vulnerabilities and threats.
Its a good start, but as The New York Times points out, its still a very limited agreement that doesnt include several major companies like Apple, Google, and Amazon. Its also almost entirely composed of companies from the US. That means that companies from Russia, North Korea, Iran, or China — who would, in theory, be suspect to the greatest risk of assisting their governments to develop malicious digital hardware and software — arent making that same pledge.