Cyber Law Grapples With the Advent of the Cyber Warfare Century

Posted: 07/18/2011

Where do cyber criminals, hacktivists and terrorists fall within the legal framework - in the UK and around the globe? How do governments and federal powers successfully prosecute criminal or terrorist activity in cyberspace?

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These are questions the media and politicians, alike, have often come up against, and with little hope of resolution. Enter Peter Sommer. He is a widely renowned cyber expert and professor at the London School of Economics; he specialises in those areas where cyber activity meets with criminal and terrorist activity. What does he see as the real barrier to bringing legal action against cyber offenders and attackers? Gathering evidence that sticks and, in turn, establishing a burden of proof. He also discusses the cyber domain and the laws of war in the context of the Tallinn Manual, a revolutionary doctrinal approach to codifying cyber law, which is now being addressed by NATO. Peter Sommer claims it will take years to report its findings and rulings, but will be a dramatic turning point in combating cyber attack.