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International Cyberspace Law Research Guide

This guide covers resources on cyberspace law where issues encompass the Internet, cybercrime, privacy and ecommerce. Cyberspace law can incorporate aspects of comparative, international and foreign law

Cyber Warfare & Terrorism

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Brief Overview

This section of the research guide focuses on the most disruptive and potentially destructive types of cyber attacks -- those that target critical national infrastructure (power grids, air traffic control systems, banking networks, etc.), which may qualify as armed attacks or acts of war under international law.  Such acts are characterized as cyber warfare when perpetrated by state actors, and cyber terrorism when perpetrated by non-state actors.  A key consideration in deciding how to respond to such an attack is determining who is responsible, often referred to as the problem of attribution.

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