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Should there be a Geneva Convention for fighting cyberwar?




Should there be a Geneva Convention for fighting cyberwar?
Should there be a Geneva Convention for fighting cyberwar?



http://www.networkworld.com/community/node/61026 

By Robert Mullins 
Networkworld.com
05/10/10

The term "cyberwar" has been bandied about in recent years as a catchall 
term for the hackers stealing credit card numbers or spreading spam, but 
also much more nefarious schemes such as breaking into a electricity 
grid. At a recent cybersecurity conference, one Microsoft security 
executive said we might need global rules on how to fight such threats.

Scott Charney, vice president of Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing 
Group, spoke at the Worldwide Cybersecurity Summit in Dallas last week 
and said there needs to be a distinction between cybercriminals merely 
stealing money and cyberwar, possibly conducted by nation-states, that 
is aimed at crippling a target in another country, such as a power grid 
or an oil pipeline.

An Associated Press report on the conference, which was picked up by the 
Seattle Post-Intelligencer newspaper, quotes Charney as saying that 
international treaties designed to fight cyberwar are difficult to 
establish because of the murky nature of what "cyberwar" is.

The United Nations last month rejected a Russian proposal for a new 
cybercrime treaty, leaving in place a 2001 treaty that Russia opposes 
because it gives foreign governments too much leeway to pursue 
cybercriminals across borders.

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