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Cyber-Weapons

RUSI Journal, Feb 2012, Vol. 157, No. 1 By Thomas Rid and Peter McBurney

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.

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