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Washington Debates: When is a Cyberattack an Act of War?

Cyberattacks against Georgia have started debates in Washington on whether the laws of war apply in cyberspace, Siobhan Gorman reports in the Wall Street Journal today. "Cyberweapons are becoming a staple of war. The Georgian conflict is perhaps the first time they have been used alongside conventional military action. Governments and private cyberwarriors can exploit Internet security gaps to not only take down government Web sites but also take control of power grids and nuclear reactors." One key deciding factor, according to one expert in the report, is whether the tools of cyberattacks are weapons?

Read full story: Wall Street Journal

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