Biden administration seeks to tamp down the spyware market with a new ban

In a significant signal to spyware vendors, the Biden administration issued an executive order (EO) prohibiting federal government agencies from using commercial spyware “that poses significant counterintelligence or security risks to the United States Government.” The spyware covered by the EO is predominately malware designed to track and collect data from mobile phones that can be easily installed by one or several clicks on specially crafted links.

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