Rules of cyberwar: don’t target nuclear plants or hospitals, says Nato manual

State-sponsored cyber-attacks must avoid sensitive civilian targets such as hospitals, dams, dykes and nuclear power stations, according to an advisory manual on cyber-warfare written for Nato, which predicts that online attacks could in future trigger full-blown military conflicts.The first attempt to codify how international law applies to online attacks includes a provision for states to respond with conventional force if aggression through hacking into computer networks by another state results in death or significant damage to property. see:Rules of cyberwar set out for first time in Nato manual
A Nato handbook laying down the rules of cyber warfare has said governments should refrain from attacking hospitals and nuclear plants.The manual is the first attempt to set out how international law applies to online attacks by the state, and warns that online attacks could lead to full-blown military conflicts.

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