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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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The Nature of War and the Idea of “Cyberwar”

The Nature of War and the Idea of “Cyberwar”

(p.3) 1 The Nature of War and the Idea of “Cyberwar”
Cyber War

Larry May

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that cyberwar is not sufficiently like normal cases of war or armed conflict to justify the relaxation of the rules and laws concerning intentional killing, and that there are good reasons to think of cyber attacks more like embargoes than like the type of lethal attacks that war has historically involved. While cyber attacks could rise to level of being wars or armed conflicts, there are not likely to be many if any such attacks today. There are also serious consequences for assimilating cyber attacks to the war paradigm that will make the world a less safe place.

Keywords:   cyberwarfare, war, lethal attacks, cyber attacks, armed conflict

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