So You're Telling Me There's a Chance: How the Articles on State Responsibility Could Empower Corporate Responses to State-Sponsored Cyber Attacks
Harvard Nat'l Security J. Features (Dec. 17, 2015)
14 Pages Posted: 1 Mar 2016
Date Written: December 17, 2015
This article begins with a brief summary of the international legal framework that regulates state interactions. The legal authority for government sanctioned corporate countermeasures, as well as the limitation on these actions, becomes apparent through this framework. The reasons that targeted states need to invoke this authority and how they should limit the countermeasures will follow. The article concludes with a recommendation that host states, despite the associated risks with such a decision, empower victimized corporations with the authority to use countermeasures in response to hostile state cyber activity.
Keywords: law of armed conflict, articles of state responsibility, countermeasures, cyber warfare, corporations, cyber criminals, cyber attack, non-state actors, international humanitarian law
JEL Classification: K00, K22, K33
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