A report prepared for NATO says that, countries have legal justification to use military force against hackers who help countries launch cyber attacks. (I assumed they would go the treason route, apparently not.)
This 282-page report states that, “Hackers who help foreign adversaries could lose that legal protection and be legally targeted by another country’s military.”
They outlined an example in the report in which a foreign adversary hacked a chemical plant and the results led to widespread deaths and injuries. This type of attack would justify as a national security threat with a military response.
The Tallinn Manual
, named after Estonia’s capital where this report was written, leaves many things unanswered, such as, not resolving issues relating to the finding of the origin of the cyber attack. Hackers hide their location by spoofing
, routing through computers around the world. The report also does not define when a hacker becomes “Fair Game.”
A former assistant secretary at the Department of Homeland Security, Stewart Baker, says that, “The military needs the right to retaliate with physical force-not just digital force-against hackers who could shut down a power grid or a water treatment plant.” He further stated, “If Americans are dying because of terrorist hackers and we have a chance to kill them, then we should kill them,” Baker said, adding, “It would be nuts to say that no matter what you do in cyberspace we will only respond in cyberspace.”
“If you shut down our power grid, maybe we will put a missile down one of your smokestacks,” a military official told the Wall Street Journal
There are already numerous articles out there today concerning this subject and I have set links so that everyone may read them. All of these and many more have been posted within the last few hours, I’m sure there will be many, many more to come. I am gobsmacked, I would not be happy if I lived next door to a cyber terrorist and considered collateral damage
. Welcome to the modern world.