Cybercrime a Gray Area of International Law
By Chris on February 17, 2012
[Excerpt from “Criminals, Hacktivists, and Nation States“originally posted on Adriana Dvorsak’s New Solutions blog hosted at Euractiv. Thanks to Adriana for permitting us to share her work here on Analysis Intelligence.]
…these individuals are not susceptible to international law, for example to Geneva conventions which professional soldiers must follow. In addition these individuals are not familiar with military ethics, laws of neutrality, might not have clear intent, do not follow the rules of hierarchical organization. Individuals can be persecuted under national criminal law, therefore we can understand police pushing for change in criminal law to cover more cyber security threats.
You may easily manipulate Recorded Future application to get data on longer time line, on different type of events or look at them in a neat interactive Google Earth view. I came across different actors, for example hacktivists, patriot hackers, online activists, organized cyber crime, terrorist organizations, and other autonomous actors and it seems to me that individuals became very important for cyber security. Diverse as they are, they can not be called a military and they will hardly take part in a classical armed conflict where one military confronts another. But they are so important that militaries hire them and even offer them to NATO as national cyber troops. Well, Romanian hacktivists apparently disagreed with such a side job.
The post can be read in full at Euractiv.