What are the rules of cyberwar?
The internationally accepted rules of war, dating back to the Geneva Convention of 1864, limit attacks “to combatants and military targets” and prohibit weapons that strike indiscriminately at civilian and military objects and people. But how well can the Bush administration’s rules of cyberwar, widely rumored this week to be in the drafting stage, correspond to the convention’s principles? How could U.S. cyberwarriors, for instance, estimate the collateral damage from malicious worms they release against a foreign target across the Internet? Could they tailor an attack precisely, or might civilian computers get caught in the crossfire? Could cyberwarriors, likely recruited from among the most daring hackers, be trusted with the power they wield? Full Story