Skip to comments.U.S.-Israeli cyberattack on Iran was ‘act of force,’ NATO study found
Posted on 03/26/2013 2:32:26 PM PDT by LibWhacker
The 2009 cyberattack by the U.S. and Israel that crippled Irans nuclear program by sabotaging industrial equipment constituted an act of force and was likely illegal under international law, according to a manual commissioned by NATOs cyber defense center in Estonia.
Acts that kill or injure persons or destroy or damage objects are unambiguously uses of force, according to The Tallinn Manual on the International Law Applicable to Cyber Warfare.
Michael N. Schmitt, the manuals lead author, told The Washington Times that according to the U.N. charter, the use of force is prohibited, except in self-defense.
Under the charter, states may use force in self-defense and that, some argue, includes anticipatory self-defense against an incipient or imminent attack.
The international group of researchers who wrote the manual were unanimous that Stuxnet the self-replicating cyberweapon that destroyed Iranian centrifuges that were enriching uranium was an act of force, said Mr. Schmitt, professor of international law at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, R.I.
But they were divided on whether its effects were severe enough to constitute an armed attack, he said.
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Quak me up. When is the king going to say he knew nothing about that attack? And is he going to throw anyone under the bus this time in order to stay in good graces with the UN so he can become king of the universe?
When did NATO base it's cyber defense center in Estonia? Couldn't they get it any closer to Moscow?
Why was this report made public?
How does NATO have the nerve to publish a report critical of it's most important member?
NATO died when they made war against Serbia. I still don't know which NATO country was attacked by Serbia.
The last nail in the coffin was when Afghanistan attacked the US on 9/11. Most NATO members stood by and did nothing, or offered very little support.
NATO, the organization totally dependent on American might for protection, authorized this study?
Michael N. Schmitt, the manuals lead author, told The Washington Times that "according to the U.N. charter, the use of force is prohibited, except in self-defense."
NATO was never anything but a bunch of parasites sucking off of the US.
NATO needs to end and end now.
Esto ppl should be quiet otherwise the Ruskis will take over the Baltic republics again.