Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 28th May 2012 23:32 UTC
Privacy, Security, Encryption "A massive, highly sophisticated piece of malware has been newly found infecting systems in Iran and elsewhere and is believed to be part of a well-coordinated, ongoing, state-run cyberespionage operation. The malware, discovered by Russia-based anti-virus firm Kaspersky Lab, is an espionage toolkit that has been infecting targeted systems in Iran, Lebanon, Syria, Sudan, the Israeli Occupied Territories and other countries in the Middle East and North Africa for at least two years. Dubbed 'Flame' by Kaspersky, the malicious code dwarfs Stuxnet in size." Since I'm not particularly well-versed in the subject, maybe someone can answer this question for me: if country A creates a malware infection like this to spy on and/or harm computers in country B, can it be construed as an act of war under existing international law?
Permalink for comment 520093
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
RE[6]: Act Of War
by adinas on Thu 31st May 2012 08:27 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Act Of War"
Member since:

Simple. You could either kill 246,000 (high estimate) Japanese with nuclear bombs or have millions killed (Many of which would be American soldiers) in a war that would last years more.

What is worse? X deaths by nuclear bomb or X^2 deaths by conventional warfare?

I can understand why Europeans today who hate America would prefer that so many more of them die but obviously America chooses less casualties.

Reply Parent Score: 1