Stuxnet as cyberwarfare : applying the law of war to the virtual battlefield
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The John Marshall journal of computer and information law, Vol. 29, no. 1, Fall 2011, p. 1-27
This paper focuses on a recent event known as Stuxnet, a computer virus that infected and damaged a nuclear research facility in Natanz, Iran. Reflecting on this particular cyber attack, did it rise to the level of an armed attack within the meaning of IHL? If so, did it adhere to the two core principles of IHL, namely distinction and proportionality? From this analysis, it is hoped that a better understanding of what is a cyber war will emerge.