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 Senior Staff Writer at IDG Connect. Writes about all manner of tech from driverless cars, AI, and Green IT to Cloudy stuff, security, and IoT. Dislikes autoplay ads/videos and garbage written about 'milliennials'.  

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