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Cyber attacks and cyber (mis)information operations during a pandemic

Milanovic, M. and Schmitt, M. ORCID: (2020) Cyber attacks and cyber (mis)information operations during a pandemic. Journal of National Security Law and Policy, 11 (1). pp. 247-284. ISSN 1553-3158

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Marko Milanovic and Michael N. Schmitt explain that the COVID-19 pandemic has starkly highlighted the need to further international cyber law discourse amongst states. Malicious cyber operations directed against medical facilities and capabilities and campaigns of misinformation have interfered with states’ abilities to effectively fight the virus and treat their populations. These acts can be qualified as violations of international law, at time violating the state sovereignty, intervening in state internal affairs, and even amounting to wrongful use of force. At the same time, states have a duty under human rights law to combat harmful cyber operations and misinformation campaigns by states and non-state actors alike. All states, human rights courts, human rights monitoring bodies, the academy, the private sector and NGOs must take up the challenge presented by this tragic pandemic to move the law governing cyberspace in the right direction.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Law
ID Code:93850
Publisher:University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, and the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism (INSCT) of the Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs and College of Law of Syracuse University.


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