The ethical issues concerning Cyberwarfare

The development of technology is so advanced that the law (and perhaps the public) has yet to catch up with the use and consequences of the technology itself. For example, the latest issue being, disputes over google glass, where a google glass user was attacked in a bar in San Francisco. There are many modern day examples of these controversial issues regarding the advancement of technology. For instance, cloning raises the ethical issue of
To what extent does reasoning and emotion allow for us to intervene with the creation of human life?” In this post, I will attempt to justify and reflect on ethical issues concerning the use of Cyberwarfare. The development of technology is so advanced, that in order for a country to attack another, the attacker does not even have to be within the perimeters of the country itself. What I mean by this is that, unlike wars before, all the attacker has to do is send a virus or perhaps disable the enemy’s computer in order to start a war. However this raises the question of whether or not this is an example of a war. Many may argue that Cyberwarfare does not constitute an act of war as no third parties are injured or hurt in the process. But imagine this, a cyber attack resulting in a country’s power grid going down, hospitals will be unable to treat patients, the public will be deprived of power, electricity, food, water and basic essentials. Ultimately leading to several million civilian deaths. However, who is to be held responsible of this crime? And in what ways are cyber attacks similar/different to a physical act of war?The legal framework regarding the question of what exactly constitutes Cyberwarfare is still highly debated and it might take years, or even decades in order for a solution to be worked out.


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