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The Case Against Cyber Arms Control

Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010

The recent revelation that a computer worm called Stuxnet had caused disruption to the Iranian nuclear program has raised concerns about the unintended consequences of so-called cyber war. It has also caught the attention of nation states and others as Stuxnet has proven to be a truly disruptive cyber weapon. We have witnessed the true dawn of cyber war.

Noted cyber security specialist Bruce Schneier recently wrote that cyber arms "agreements are badly needed" and that it is "not too late to reverse the cyber arms race currently under way." Schneier is not alone in this call. For several years now Russia has tabled proposed cyber arms control treaties in various bodies of the United Nations. Such a treaty, it is claimed, would limit the use of cyber weapons and harmful tactics. ...

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