US Applies Laws of War to Cyberspace

Posted April 22, 2015 at 5:10am

NSA Director and Commander of US Cyber Command Adm. Mike Rogers told Defense One “that Cyber Command would follow international norms in determining how the U.S. uses what are sometimes called offensive cyber capabilities.”  

“Rogers framed the development of cyber weapons as simply the next evolutionary step in warfare, replete with all the ethical concerns that accompanied other milestones in weapons development.”  

“Rogers’s assurance that the U.S. will follow the laws of conflict in how it deploys cyber weapons is significant. But since such weapons can be constructed in secret, and, often, offer victims no way to determine attribution, the world will have to take that assurance at face value—or not.”