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[ISN] NATO cyberwar directive declares hackers military targets
March 19, 2013
As the United States and its adversaries move from using missiles to malware on
its targets, a group of specialists have drafted preliminary guidelines for the
worldâs ramped-up cyberwars.
The rule book published this week, The Tallinn Manual on International Law
Applicable to Cyber Warfare, was curated by NATOâs Cooperative Cyber Defense
Center of Excellence and calls upon two dozen experts from around the world to
help lay the groundwork for cyberwar guidelines as attacks aimed at computer
grids, networks and systems increasingly become the target of foreign agents.
Michael Schmitt, a professor with the US Naval War College and the editor of
the manual, told the Associated Press before publication that the guidelines
come at a time when few laws formally exist governing the use of so-called
cyberweapons. Just like bombs and missiles, hackers and state-sponsored parties
can use malicious code to wipe out entire databases, break down machinery and
otherwise render enter infrastructures useless.
"Everyone was seeing the Internet as the 'Wild, Wild, West,'" Schmitt told the
AP. "What they had forgotten is that international law applies to cyberweapons
like it applies to any other weapons."
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