Earlier this week, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) issued two draft advisory opinions in response to a request from Area 1 Security, a cybersecurity company proposing to offer free or reduced-cost phishing solutions to federal candidates and political committees.

Both opinions deemed that Area 1’s proposal would be a violation of the Federal Election Campaign Act, which prohibits corporations from making contributions to federal candidates, political parties or political committees. In other words, new cyber threats don’t necessarily trump old laws.

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