Laws of war do apply to cyberattacks, US says

The State Department's chief legal adviser said Tuesday that the U.S. government believes cyberattacks are subject to international humanitarian law and the rules of war, according to a report in the Marine Corps Times.

Cyberwar is a developing battle front, one that has been evolving quickly over the past few years, the article stated. Actions within this unfolding battleground has even prompted talk of a "code of conduct" for those engaged in such warfare.

The issue has become so important that the Air Force recently concluded its first cyberweapons instructor course at Nellis Air Force Base, a rigorous six-month program that produced a cadre of specialist who will become future instructors and advisers to military leaders.

At Tuesday's conference, hosted by the U.S. Cyber Command at Fort Meade, Md., Harold Koh unveiled the U.S. government's current policy on the rules of cyberwar, according to the Marine Corps Times' article.

In his remarks Tuesday, Koh stated the government has determined that certain cyberattacks may constitute a "use of force." The article also reported that Koh unveiled a series of 10 principles covering cyberwarfare.

Source: Marine Corps Times

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