Essay of the month: The ethics of cyber-attacks: A language problem
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A major debate within cyber ethics literature concerns the way in which the moral nature of cyber-attacks should be understood. The debate can be divided into two general camps; the first camp argues that cyber-attacks are not morally distinctive from kinetic attacks and so we can rely on an already-established ethical framework (i.e. Just War Theory) for their analysis, while the second camp argues that cyber-attacks are morally distinctive from kinetic attacks and require a new ethics. The problem with the respective approaches to the question about the moral nature of cyber-attacks has to do with the language used to discuss this issue.
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