More than 30 major IT companies sign “a digital Geneva Convention”

The New York Times reports that more than 30 technology companies including Facebook and Microsoft plan to announce the statement, according to which they publicly refuse to participate in cyber attacks organized by the government of any country.

We are talking about attacks on citizens and enterprises of all countries without exception. In addition, under the agreement, the company committed to help any country facing a similar attack in cyberspace, regardless of its cause — whether it is fraud or geopolitics.

In number agree to abide by the principles also included such companies as Oracle, Symantec, FireEye, HP, Nokia and Spanish Telefonica.

The New York Times notes that, despite the long list of those who agreed to sign the agreement, some large companies such as Google, Apple and Amazon, yet reject it.

The newspaper also recalled that the President and Microsoft General counsel brad Smith for several years trying to convey the idea about necessity of creation of the so-called “Geneva Convention” in the digital space that sets the rules of behavior in cyberspace.

According to Smith, the first to support such an initiative needs is an American technology company, since most often, their clients are faced with cyber attacks.

“This problem has become much bigger, and I think that over the past few years, we realized that we need to work together,” he said.

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