Cyber-Weapons

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Abstract

What are cyber-weapons? Instruments of code-borne attack span a wide spectrum, from generic but low-potential tools to specific but high-potential weaponry. This distinction brings into relief a two-pronged hypothesis that stands in stark contrast to some of the received wisdom on cyber-security. Maximising the destructive potential of a cyber-weapon is likely to come with a double effect: it will significantly increase the resources, intelligence and time required for development and deployment – and more destructive potential is likely to decrease the number of targets, the risk of collateral damage and the political utility of cyber-weapons.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6-13
Number of pages8
JournalRUSI Journal
Volume157
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 29 Feb 2012

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