Developing Norms for Cyber Conflict

21 Pages Posted: 24 Feb 2016

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William Banks

Syracuse University College of Law - Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs

Date Written: February 22, 2016

Abstract

The prospect of cyber war has evolved from science fiction and doomsday depictions on television, films, and novels to reality and front page news. As early as 1982, a little-noticed but massive explosion of the trans-Siberian pipeline was caused by malware apparently inserted into Canadian software by the CIA. The CIA and Canadians knew that the software would be illegally acquired by Soviet agents. Although the incident greatly embarrassed the KGB, the Soviets never disclosed the incident or accused the United States of causing it. If a U.S. missile had struck the pipeline, the Soviets would have expressed their outrage publicly and almost surely would have retaliated.

Keywords: cyber war, cyber conflict, cyberespionage, cybersecurity, international law

JEL Classification: K33, N4

Suggested Citation

Banks, William, Developing Norms for Cyber Conflict (February 22, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2736456 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2736456

William Banks (Contact Author)

Syracuse University College of Law - Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs ( email )

Syracuse, NY 13244-1030
United States

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