12/04/13: The Financial Times reports western governments are close to an agreement that would put sensitive cyber security technologies on the same footing as regular armaments under one of the world’s main agreements on weaponry export control. Diplomats are expected to hammer out revised terms for the Wassenaar Arrangement in private meetings in Vienna this week so that it includes new controls on complex surveillance and hacking software and cryptography. The 41 signatory states include the US, Russia, Japan, France and Germany. The UK government is leading the push to curb exports in what will be one of the first international attempts to clamp down on “cyber proliferation” – an area of growing concern for many Western spymasters. If successful, revised proscriptions under the Wassenaar Arrangement, which has regulated exports of military hardware and “dual-use” equipment since 1996, will almost certainly be followed quickly by an EU-wide clampdown on sensitive cyber technologies, said people familiar with the talks.