Cyber warfare is fast becoming the greatest threat to national security advanced nations face. Cyberattacks can destroy economic, political, and military systems in a single act, making them dangerous across multiple dimensions. Yet the law of armed conflict applies uneasily to this unchartered territory in the area of national security, supplying few answers to questions that are answered easily for traditional military conflict. Under what conditions does a cyberattack amount to an act of war? What is a proportional response to a cyberattack? Is it permissible to pre-empt a cyberattack with the use of kinetic force? If so, when would the use of pre-emptive force violate third party sovereignty?
This collection of essays, written by a group of interdisciplinary scholars and practitioners, addresses the ethical and legal issues that surround cyber warfare. It considers whether the Laws of Armed Conflict apply to cyberspace, as well as the ethical position of cyber warfare against the background of generally recognized moral traditions in armed conflict.
Cyberwar is essential reading for anyone interested in the impact of cyber warfare on international law and the laws of war.
Edited by Jens David Ohlin, Kevin Govern, and Claire Finkelstein.
Jens David Ohlin is Professor of Law at Cornell Law School.
Kevin Govern is Associate Professor of Law at Ave Maria School of Law.
Claire Finkelstein is the Algernon Biddle Professor of Law, and Professor of Philosophy, at the University of Pennsylvania.