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[ISN] World leaders meet to discuss cyberwar rules of engagement

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Date: Mon Feb 07 2011 - 09:05:43 GMT

By John Leyden
The Register
4th February 2011

Rules of engagement for the deployment of cyber-weapons need to be
developed, an international security conference is due to be told later

The influential EastWest Institute is due to present proposals for the
cyberspace equivalent of the Geneva convention at the Munich Security
Conference, which has included a debate on cyber-security on its agenda
for the first time this year. Delegates to the conference include UK
Prime Minister David Cameron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, US
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei

The discussion on rules for cyber-conflict follows months after the
infamous Stuxnet worm was blamed for infecting industrial control
systems and sabotaging centrifuges at controversial Iranian nuclear
facilities. Some have described the malware as the world's first
cyber-weapon though cyber-espionage in many guises has undoubtedly been
practiced by intelligence agencies across the world for many years.

Computer systems underpin the delivery of essential services, including
utilities and telecoms and well as banking and government services.
Critical national infrastructure systems are most commonly privately
held, at least in the US and Europe. Although attacks against various
critical systems are commonplace they tend to be low level
information-stealing or denial of service exploits. Many independent
experts in cyber-security dismiss talk of cyberwar as hype – driven more
by the marketing departments of US security contractor giants seeking a
new market in cyberspace than by reality on the ground.


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