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Definition Edit

A cyber weapon is

an information technology-based capability for conducting some kind of cyber intrusion."[1]

Overview Edit

Cyber weapons in the hands of an adversary pose a significant threat to a nation's ability to protect itself and to wage war. Typical cyber weapons include:

"Outcomes can include: compromise of confidentiality/theft of secrets, identity theft, web-defacements, extortion, system hijacking and service blockading. Cyberweapons are used individually, in combination and also blended simultaneously with conventional 'kinetic' weapons as force multipliers."[2]

References Edit

  1. At the Nexus of Cybersecurity and Public Policy: Some Basic Concepts and Issues, at 109.
  2. Reducing Systemic Cybersecurity Risk, at 6.

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