STATES MUST EXPLAIN WHEN A CYBER ATTACK MIGHT DRAW A VIOLENT REPRISAL | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


STATES MUST EXPLAIN WHEN A CYBER ATTACK MIGHT DRAW A VIOLENT REPRISAL

Without clear explanations that affirm rules of the road, countries make it easier for conflicts to spiral out of control.

When conducting a kinetic military response to a cyberattack, it’s better to explain why and how you are doing so.

A month ago, the Israeli Defense Forces, or IDF, responded to a Hamas cyberattack with an online counter-attack against the hackers followed by an airstrike that destroyed their building in Gaza. It remains unclear whether any Hamas cyberspace operators died in the operation.

This was the first time that a military has conducted a kinetic operation directly in response to a cyberattack in real time. It occurred in the context of decades-long hostilities between Israel and Hamas, and amid the worst fighting between the parties since 2014.

The operation may have been warranted. Unfortunately, the IDF didn’t explain much about it, so the world cannot tell. We don’t know what Hamas was trying to achieve, why the IDF felt that the strike was justified, or just what Israel’s policy is for countering cyberspace operations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"The operation may have been warranted."?!?!?

Oh, really?!? It has just been made manifest... that thiskind of retaliation, has become Israel's policy for countering cyberspace operations.

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