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?
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speaking of flames ...
by seanpk on Tue 29th May 2012 01:26 UTC
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I'm pretty sure, whatever laws may be "on the books", the precident i such that if the agressing country is the US, or one of its client states, it is not an act of war. Interestingly, it is no longer an act of war for the governments of the countries being attacted this time to respond in kind. That would be an act of terrorism.

(sorry for using the 'T' word, they'll probably be confiscating your domain soon.)

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RE: speaking of flames ...
by Hypnos on Tue 29th May 2012 02:09 in reply to "speaking of flames ..."
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Dude, America is exceptional -- didn't you get the memo?

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