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Accession Number ADA589942
Title This Means War. (Maybe) Clarifying Casus Belli in Cyberspace.
Publication Date Mar 2013
Media Count 46p
Personal Author C. C. Poche
Abstract This paper argues that current international legal norms and constructs do not adequately address what constitutes 'casus belli' in the cyber domain. Consequently, an initiating state may unintentionally invite a responsive use of force through cyber actions it considers far short of the triggering threshold. Within the current ambiguity, however, the target state might consider those actions as well beyond that threshold. Such divergent viewpoints may result in open warfare between the two states. This paper recommends that the United States adopt certain practices to reduce this dangerous ambiguity. These practices include more open acknowledgement of cyber actions and maintaining a clear separation between a state's cyber attack/defense and espionage functions. They also include asserting sovereign control over certain portions of the cyber domain, vigorously protecting those areas, and increasing the reporting of incidents.
Keywords Ambiguity
Case studies
Computer access control
Computer network security
Computer viruses
Cyber attacks
Cyber operations
Denial of service attacks
Estonia cyber attack 2007
International law
Iran stuxnet attack 2010
Law of war
Nuclear reactors
Tallinn manual
United nations
United states government
Use of force

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 92 - Behavior & Society
92C - Social Concerns
62D - Information Processing Standards
74G - Military Operations, Strategy, & Tactics
Corporate Author Army War Coll., Carlisle Barracks, PA.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Research paper.
NTIS Issue Number 1409
Contract Number N/A

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