A zero day can be defined as " a previously unknown security vulnerability in software or online services that a researcher has discovered, but the developers of that software have not yet had a chance to patch". There is a large underground market for these zero days; in some cases governments-including
Few months ago,
EFF filed a FOIA request for records related to these processes on
"This FOIA suit seeks transparency on one of the least understood elements of the U.S. intelligence community's toolset: security vulnerabilities," EFF Legal Fellow Andrew Crocker said. "These documents are important to the kind of informed debate that the public and the administration agree needs to happen in our country."
"Since these vulnerabilities potentially affect the security of users all over the world, the public has a strong interest in knowing how these agencies are weighing the risks and benefits of using zero days instead of disclosing them to vendors," Global Policy Analyst
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