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A Taste of Armageddon: The Law of Armed Conflict as Applied to Cyberwar

James J. Busuttil

in The Reality of International Law

Published in print October 1999 | ISBN: 9780198268376
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191683510 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198268376.003.0003
A Taste of Armageddon: The Law of Armed Conflict as Applied to Cyberwar

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This chapter examines the application of the law of armed conflict to cyberwar. It provides definitions related to cyberwar, analyses the actors in this unique battle space, and evaluates examples of relevant activities. The chapter suggests that though there are certain problems with the application of the law of armed conflict to cyberwar, it appears to cover the effects of a cyber attack, and that this is a testament to the strength and flexibility of the law.

Keywords: armed conflict; cyberwar; legal application; cyber attack; computer security

Chapter.  8584 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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