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Why Legal Experts Say It's Okay To Kill A Civilian Hacker In Cyber Warfare

•, By Kelsey D. Atherton
 Cyberspace makes for a strange battlefield. Attacks are launched from offices, combatants fight with keystrokes, and the targets are usually just information, financial data, and trade secrets. For the vast majority of cyber attacks, that is as big as the threat will be. The biggest exception: cyber attacks that become part of a larger war. When that happens, according to a set of proposed international rules commissioned by NATO and written in conjunction with the International Committee of the Red Cross and the US Cyber Command, even civilian hackers participating in the conflict can be targeted. By bombs and bullets.

That has generated lots of panicky headlines across the web, as you might imagine. The document, called the "Tallinn Manual on the International Law Applicable to Cyber Warfare", was written by 20 legal scholars and practitioners, and represents those experts' best reasoning at how current international law applies to cyber war.

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Comment by Leslie Fish
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Beg pardon, but if somebody is taking action to damage another country during a war, by other than direct combat, isn't that called "sabotage"?  Don't we already have laws and military procedures dealing with that?



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