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Symantec refuses to sell audit tool outside the US

Symantec refuses to sell audit tool outside the US
Symantec refuses to sell audit tool outside the US 

By John Leyden
25th November 2005

Exclusive - Symantec has stopped selling a password auditing tool to
customers outside the US and Canada, citing US Government export

A Reg reader who works for a large UK supermarket was this month
unable to buy a copy of LC 5, a tool developed by @stake prior to its
recent acquisition by Symantec. LC 5 is the commercial version of a
password auditing / breaking tool better known as L0phtCrack.

"A month ago I could have bought it from the @stake web site, that
website has gone and the product has not appeared on the Symantec web
site. I inquired if I could purchase the product, only to be told that
it will only be sold to US and Canadian customers," our correspondent
informs us. "I guess I'll just have to go back to using John the

Symantec's restrictions recall the dark days of the crypto wars when
users outside the US were not entitled to buy products featuring
strong ciphers. These rules, relaxed by the Clinton administration and
following a long running campaign by cryptography experts and net
activists, are once again rearing their head. Symantec's response to
our reader (below) suggests the policy was imposed on it by the US

Unfortunately, due to strict US Government export regulations Symantec
is only able to fulfill new LC5 orders or offer technical support
directly with end-users located in the United States and commercial
entities in Canada, provided all screening is successful.  
Commodities, technology or software is subject to U.S. Dept. of
Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security control if exported or
electronically transferred outside of the USA. Commodities, technology
or software are controlled under ECCN 5A002.c.1, cryptanalytic.

You can also access further information on our web site at the
following address: 

Beyond confirming that "the statement you have received from your
reader is correct", Symantec declined to field questions on the
rationale for its policy and whether it applies to other products. Any
US government policy to impose export regulations on security
technologies would be futile since, to cite only one reason, many
security firms are based outside the US and therefore unaffected by
such regulations. =AE

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