When Do Online Attacks Cross the Line Into Cyberwar?

The rising number of cyberattacks prompts calls from a commission to define the threat more clearly.

  • At what point does a cyberattack constitute an act of war or a violation severe enough to justify a response?
    • How do we protect the civil liberties of the Internet-using public while improving security?
      • Which legal authorities will assume responsibility for investigating a cyberattack—the intelligence community, the military, or law enforcement?
      • The debate over codifying cyberattacks, Lewis points out, echoes some debates over terrorism, including whether it should primarily be a law enforcement or military concern and how to respond to attacks by state-sponsored actors.

        • Read about the recent cyberattack on a U.S. military base in Afghanistan.
        • Read more about the cybersecurity commission.
        • Read more about terrorism.