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Cyber Attacks and the Legal Justification for an Armed Response   [open pdf - 240KB]

From the thesis abstract: "When is an armed response to cyber attacks legally justified? International law does not refer to cyber, cyber attack targets, or the effects of a cyber attack in the same manner that it addresses conventional attacks, target selection, and effects. Cyber attacks are certainly not a new phenomenon and have been a growing threat for more than thirty years, resulting in the current potential for causing catastrophic harm. Existing sources of international law sufficiently provide the legal justification required for armed response despite not directly using cyber terminology. The analysis provided in this monograph addresses the need for clarification of the legal and political justification for armed response to a cyber attack. Political leaders must have the legal justification for armed response but must also mitigate political risk. This monograph proposes policy factors to be used to decide whether armed response that is legally justifiable is warranted. Political leaders need to determine the likelihood of attack, and look at the effects of multiple types of scenarios, not just the worst case."

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2017-03-15
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Ike Skelton Combined Arms Research Library: http://www.cgsc.contentdm.oclc.org/
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