(Bloomberg) -- Microsoft Corp. is urging countries to step up protection for civilians from state-sponsored cyberhacking, through the formation of international agreements similar to the Geneva Conventions and an independent group to investigate and share evidence on the attacks.

The company also is advocating bilateral accords, such as the possibility that “the United States and Russia can hammer out a future agreement to ban the nation-state hacking of all the civilian aspects of our economic and political infrastructures,” Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith wrote Tuesday in a blog post outlining the proposals.

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