Google's unusual move to shut down an active counterterrorism operation being conducted by a Western democracy

A decision to shut down exploits being used by "friendly" hackers has caused controversy inside the company's security teams.

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Hasnain says:

I don’t get why this is super controversial. Operations are operations, you want to stop them before they can get out of hand in case it’s a “bad” “person” doing it right? It’s not like these bugs can stay hidden forever.

“Security companies regularly shut down exploits that are being used by friendly governments, but such actions are rarely made public. In response to this incident, some Google employees have argued that counterterrorism missions ought to be out of bounds of public disclosure; others believe the company was entirely within its rights, and that the announcement serves to protect users and make the internet more secure.”

Posted on 2021-03-26T18:24:49+0000