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Daily Dashboard | New PATCH Act would overhaul software vulnerability disclosure policies Related reading: What Equifax means for understanding the dangers of OSS


A new bill would overhaul the federal government's software vulnerability disclosure policies, BankInfoSecurity reports. The Protecting our Ability To Counter Hacking Act, or PATCH Act, would allow the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to chair an interagency review board to create more consistent policies for government agencies disclosing software vulnerabilities. The advancement of the PATCH Act comes after the massive WannaCry ransomware attack was traced back to a National Security Agency hacking tool. "Last week's global WannaCry ransomware attack — based on NSA malware — was a stark reminder that hoarding technological vulnerabilities to develop offensive weapons comes with significant risks to our own economy and national security," said Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., who voiced his support for the bill.
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