In June 2016, NATO “officially” recognized cyberspace as a fifth operational domain – joining land, sea, air, and space. While by mid-2014, NATO had affirmed that a cyberattack could trigger an Article 5 response by NATO countries, what exactly would constitute the level of cyberattack triggering such a response is something no one has agreed upon. How this question is answered will have far-reaching effects. Whatever definition the U.S. agrees upon will be applied to the U.S.’s actions as well as actions committed against the U.S. For instance, it is interesting to consider how the Stuxnet intrusion on Iran’s nuclear program would be viewed.
Considered the first known cyber-weapon, Stuxnet targeted the Iranian nuclear program using a subtle and well-designed mechanism.
- International Committee of the Red Cross – Articles A and B from the Iran, Victim of Cyberwarfare Case Study (Links to an external site.)
You have been asked to advise a Senator on the committee investigating the United States’ involvement in Stuxnet. The senator is interested in understanding what laws, if any, the U.S. may have violated and what response by Iran could be legally permissible.
Once you have read Articles A and B, answer the Discussion questions 3(b), 3(c), 3(e), 4(b), 5(a), 6(a), and 6(f) to help the senator understand the situation. Use both law and policy to formulate your response.
- Answer question 5(a) with respect to the Geneva Convention, Protocol I, Article 36. (Links to an external site.)
- Answer question 6(a) & 6(f) with regard to Article 2 of the UN Charter. (Links to an external site.)
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