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The attribution problem and cyber armed attacks

Finlay, L. and Payne, C. (2019) The attribution problem and cyber armed attacks. AJIL Unbound, 113 . pp. 202-206.

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In late 2018, the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security suggested that “cyber-attacks now exceed the risk of physical attacks.” Yet the law has not kept pace with this reality. In particular, identifying who is responsible for a cyberattack makes it difficult to regulate this conduct. A state often cannot practically respond to a threat unless it knows from where the threat emanates and potentially who is responsible. Attribution of cyber conduct is critical from a legal perspective because the unlawful act must be attributable to another state for state responsibility to be engaged...

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Law and Criminology
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Copyright: © 2019 by The American Society of International Law
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