Cyber warfare : challenges for the applicability of the traditional laws of war regime
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Archiv des Völkerrechts, Vol. 48, no. 4, 2010, p. 486-501
The concept of cyberwar poses some unique challenges to the traditional laws of war regime. The recent discovery of the virus Stuxnet in Iran spurred a new discussion about cyberwar and the possibilities to protect a nation against this new type of warfare. This article considers the general applicability of the laws of war to cyberwar and questions the need for a new treaty regime to deal with cyberwar. Furthermore, it highlights some problems that are unique to cyberwar, but also identifies possible advantages of cyberwar in comparison with traditional warfare.