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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RE[9]: Act Of War
by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 29th May 2012 13:10 UTC in reply to "RE[8]: Act Of War"
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If I salt a farmer's land to make it infertile, who is then to blame for the consequences of the famine (usually war and de-stabilisation)?

I see you have created a nice little bubble to sooth your conscience - that's fine. However, some of us would rather face the things we are responsible for than hide from them.

Edited 2012-05-29 13:11 UTC

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RE[10]: Act Of War
by adinas on Tue 29th May 2012 13:22 in reply to "RE[9]: Act Of War"
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Well, I think we have each expressed our opinions.

Though, regarding your mention of Vietnam. What about the Korean war? What if America had stayed out of that? No Hyundai or Kia. No LG. No Samsung! Where would the tech world be today? How much market share would Android have if South Korea was a backward Communist region and Samsung never existed and came out with the Galaxy S?

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RE[10]: Act Of War
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Wed 30th May 2012 04:21 in reply to "RE[9]: Act Of War"
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There can be multiple people responsible for terrible things. Wars have multiple causes, people have multiple reasons for their actions. Trying to willfully ignore that, is the act of cowards and fools.

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