San Francisco — On Tuesday, Microsoft, Facebook and more than 30 other global tech companies announced a joint pledge not to assist any government in offensive cyber-attacks. The Cybersecurity Tech Accord, which vows to protect all customers from attacks regardless of geopolitical or criminal motive, follows a year that witnessed an unprecedented level of destructive cyber-attacks, including the global WannaCry worm and the devastating NotPetya attack. "The devastating attacks from the past year demonstrate that cyber-security is not just about what any single company can do but also about what we can all do together," Microsoft president Brad Smith said in a statement. "This tech sector accord will help us take a principled path toward more effective steps to work together and defend customers around the world." Smith, who helped lead efforts to organise the accord, was expected to discuss the alliance in a speech on Tuesday at the RSA cyber-security conference in San Francisco. Th...

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