News Roundup: Should hacking be considered an act of war?

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Nations hacking nations could soon be a declaration of war

It’s easy to argue we’re currently in a period of cyber-warfare. Nations – whether through intelligence agencies, vulnerability sellers such as the Hacking Team, or shady hacking groups such as Fancy Bear – are playing a constant game of state-sponsored hacking cat and mouse.

But soon such hacking could be considered a legitimate act of war that could see deployment of actual soldiers and weapons. According to The Telegraph, the European Union has drafted a new policy framework stating that cyber-attacks could be considered an act of war and justification for a full military response as well as assistance from other EU states.

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Dan Swinhoe

Dan is a journalist at CSO Online. Previously he was Senior Staff Writer at IDG Connect.

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