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Cyber WarLaw and Ethics for Virtual Conflicts$
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Jens David Ohlin, Kevin Govern, and Claire Finkelstein

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198717492

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198717492.001.0001

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Low-Intensity Cyber Operations and the Principle of Non-Intervention

Low-Intensity Cyber Operations and the Principle of Non-Intervention

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(p.249) 11 Low-Intensity Cyber Operations and the Principle of Non-Intervention
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Cyber War
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Sean Watts

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198717492.003.0012

Cyber operations have become a vital mode of interaction between States. When, where, and how states conduct themselves in cyberspace significantly shapes the condition of their international relations. Low-intensity cyber operations offer states opportunities to undermine adversaries while avoiding the likely strategic and legal costs of massively destruction cyber attacks. This chapter considers whether the low-level impact, relatively small scale effects, and de minimus intrusions of low-intensity cyber operations implicate established international legal norms, such as the principle of non-intervention. Likely increases in the frequency and range of low-intensity cyber operations between States will highlight doctrinal gaps in the principle of non-intervention.

Keywords:   cyberwarfare, cyberspace, international relations, non-intervention, foreign relations, UN Charter

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