The Commerce Department will prohibit the sale of hacking tools to countries of concern, such as China and Russia, without a license from its Bureau of Industry and Security. American researchers would still be allowed to work with their foreign counterparts and disclose software flaws.
- Israeli firm NSO Group's Pegasus spyware is among the software that would be covered under the rule.
- The rule will go into effect in 90 days.
- The public can give their input in the first 45 days, and the agency will make any changes in the second half.