Blog Posts: Cyberwarfare

Cyberwar and Sony

On November 14, 2014, Sony Pictures Entertainment was hacked, locking employees out of their computers, compromising important internal data, and leaking unreleased movies onto the internet. In response to the attack, President Obama said the U.S. would "respond proportionately." The President’s authority to respond proportionately to the Sony attacks is based in principles of international law.


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Posted by Andrew D. Johnstone on Wed. January 21, 2015 11:16 AM
Categories: Cyberwarfare, International Law, North Korea

Symposium Review: Is There a Need for International Cyber Warfare Treaties?

During North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation’s 2014 symposium, various panelists offered their views on the growing area of cyber warfare. Cyber warfare is a relatively new development that is creating ethical and legal ambiguity under current international law. Modern international law recognizes the idea of jus ad bellum, literally translated to mean “right to war”. This theory determines situations when it is lawful to resort to war. The United States, and now most countries, claim . . .


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No Comments | Posted by Mark A. Kochuk on Thu. February 13, 2014 8:00 AM
Categories: Customary International Law, Cyberwarfare, Symposium

Symposium Review: Moving the Law of Armed Conflict from Crossbows to Cyber Attacks

Professor Eric Talbot Jensen gave a lecture titled: “The Future of the Law of Armed Conflict” at The North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation Symposium on Friday, January 31, 2014. Professor Jensen interspersed his entertaining and thought-provoking lecture with video clips of futuristic weaponry to drive home the point that our technology is developing at such a rapid pace that seemingly futuristic weapons are already within our grasp. As a result, if our laws do not develop to address the possibilities of new weapons that take forms and create harm in unconventional ways, we will be ill-equipped legally to face the threats and consequences of these new weapons.


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No Comments | Posted by Vineeth Shanker Hemavathi on Tue. February 11, 2014 8:00 AM
Categories: Customary International Law, Cyberwarfare, Symposium

Symposium Review: Sovereign Assumptions

The North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation (ILJ) at the University of North Carolina School of Law held their annual symposium this past week, focusing on “Emerging Issues in the Law of Armed Conflict and International Security.” The symposium allowed ILJ to draw from the state’s strong military ties and the state’s wide network of national security legal professionals.

Scholars from across the nation also contributed to the agenda for ILJ’s symposium. Professor Eric Talbot Jensen began the morning with his presentation entitled “The Future of the Law of Armed Conflict.” Jensen, of Brigham Young University School of Law and of Tallinn Manual notoriety, gave an early disclaimer regarding the difficulty of predicting the future, much less predicting the law that the future needs. Jensen continued to lay out a framework for how to best predict the laws needed for the future of armed conflict. Among Jensen’s thoughtful predictions were several assumptions, which Jensen himself readily acknowledged and welcomed feedback concerning his assumptions’ veracity.


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No Comments | Posted by William L. Thore (Logan) on Tue. February 11, 2014 8:00 AM
Categories: Customary International Law, Cyberwarfare, Symposium

Sneak Preview: Cyber Attacks and the Beginnings of a Cyber Treaty

The U.S. Navy Seals who killed Osama bin Laden were inside Pakistan for three and a half hours -- undetected. Was their stealth made possible by cyberwarfare? 


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No Comments | Posted by Stephen A. Moore on Wed. October 30, 2013 8:00 AM
Categories: Anonymous, Cyberwarfare, Osama Bin Laden, Pakistan, Terrorism

An Unconventional Approach: Syria and Cyber Attacks

The U.S. has focused on Syria’s chemical weapons, but a Syria-based cyberattack on the New York Times has drawn less attention


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No Comments | Posted by Stephen A. Moore on Tue. October 8, 2013 8:00 AM
Categories: Cyberwarfare, Syria, U.N. Security Council

Moving Towards International Norms in Cyberwarfare

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta warns that cyberwarfare poses alarming new threats to the United States.


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No Comments | Posted by Brett M. Neve on Sun. March 24, 2013 11:06 PM
Categories: Cyberwarfare

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