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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Legal Justification for Killing Hackers?

A Huffington Post article (read it here) cites a report written for NATO (read original report here) opining that hackers lives may be targeted as cyberwar escalates. Called The Tallinn Manual, it contains the following disclaimer:
The Tallinn Manual on the International Law Applicable to Cyber Warfare is not an official document, but instead an expression of opinions of a group of independent experts acting solely in their personal capacity. It does not represent the views of the NATO CCD COE, its Sponsoring Nations, or NATO. It is also not meant to reflect NATO doctrine. Nor does it reflect the position of any organization or State represented by observers.
In my own humble opinion, The Morgan Doctrine stands a much better chance of deterrent success. A disproportionate and overwhelming financial response will do more to "put a check in the swing" of any cyber sportsmen than a nebulous and ill-defined bag-em-and-tag-em mentality.

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Implementation suggestions for THE MORGAN DOCTRINE are most welcome. What are the "Got'chas!"? What questions would some future Cyber Privateering Czar have to answer about this in a Senate confirmation hearing?