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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Nth_Man
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2010-05-16

The rulers of a corporation will finally go to jail if they don't obey what the U.S. government says. Apart from that, if you are a worker, you must follow U.S. laws.

As a known example, if you work in a company there are some particular things that you must follow, related to Iran, Cuba, Syria, North Korea, etc.
http://www.bis.doc.gov/licensing/tsranexpenhanceactfactsheet122101....
http://export.stanford.edu/country.html

Of course, you can receive special visits from the authorities and be told not to disclose it. If a U.S. person does not follow those orders then it's a punishable crime.

Edited 2012-05-30 07:15 UTC

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