Why a Non-Proliferation of Cyber Weapons Treaty?
Much like the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Treaty (NPT) there is a global interest in maintaining the safety and security of ALL NATIONS.
I support such a cyber-treaty which offers a foreign government a reward in the amount of (or even double) the ransom demanded by cyberattack groups, in exchange for that government arresting the perpetrators and confiscating their equipment, relinquishing the cybercriminals and their equipment to the U.S. under existing int’l extradition treaties already in place.
Our NSA is fully capable of providing a foreign government with either exact or proximate GPS coordinates of the location of the perpetrators.
Problem is, the U.S. government is the ALL-TIME WORLD LEADER when it comes to cyber attacks, eavesdropping, spying. For decades the U.S. government reigned supreme when it came to spying and surreptitious information acquisition. The U.S. gov’t is accustomed to being the BIG BULLY ON THE BLOCK when it comes to these issues.
BUT NOW, with the explosive advent of technology, even smaller governments and small groups can wage cyber attacks on larger nations.