Cyber-Weapons: Legal and Strategic Aspects (Version 2.0)

22 Pages Posted: 22 Nov 2014

See all articles by Stefano Mele

Stefano Mele

Cybersecurity Commission of the Italian Atlantic Committee

Date Written: June 7, 2013

Abstract

The rapid evolution of scenarios and threats related to the increased use of cyber-space within the national security context, as well as an exponential spread of new and hypothetical "cyber-weapons", as described at times with sensationalist language by the media, warranted a specific analysis of the phenomenon.

The study focuses on an in-depth analysis and examination of the strategic aspects of the "cyber-weapons" and gives for the first time a specific legal definition of a cyber-weapon.

Further analysis is dedicated to analyzing the most important malwares which defined and shaped the cyber security sector in 2012/2013, assigning them a specific legal classification in accordance with the newly-proposed definition of the term.

Keywords: cybersecurity, cyberwarfare, cyberweapon, national security, cyberlaw, law.

JEL Classification: K00, K10, K33, O38.

Suggested Citation

Mele, Stefano, Cyber-Weapons: Legal and Strategic Aspects (Version 2.0) (June 7, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2518212 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2518212

Stefano Mele (Contact Author)

Cybersecurity Commission of the Italian Atlantic Committee ( email )

Piazza di Firenze
Rome
Italy

HOME PAGE: http://www.comitatoatlantico.it/en/

Register to save articles to
your library

Register

Paper statistics

Downloads
217
Abstract Views
848
rank
139,873
PlumX Metrics