War Crimes from Cyber-Weapons

ABSTRACT

As information warfare capabilities have grown in recent years, the possibilities of war crimes with cyber-attacks have increased.  The main ethical problems of cyber-weapons in regard to ruses, secrecy, and collateral damage are examined, and analogies drawn to biological weapons.  It argues that most cyber-attacks are instances of perfidy, and spread so easily that they can approach biological weapons in their uncontrollability.  Then mitigation techniques for cyber-weapons in the form of more precise targeting, reversibility, and self-attribution are considered.  The paper concludes with a survey of some methods for prosecution and punishment of cyber-war crimes including forensics, interventions, cyber-blockades, and reparations, and proposes a new kind of pacifism called 'cyber-pacifism'.


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Photo of Neil C. Rowe

U.S. Naval Postgraduate School
Monterey, California, U.S.A.
 

Dr. Neil C. Rowe is a professor of computer science at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School (Monterey, CA, USA) where   he   has   been   since 1983. He earned a doctorate in computer science from Stanford University (1983). His main research interests   are    data    mining, digital forensics, modelling of deception, and cyber warfare.

 

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