Leiden Safety & Security Blog | Individual Indictments in Cyber Attribution: A Risky Strategy?

Leiden Safety & Security Blog | Individual Indictments in Cyber Attribution: A Risky Strategy?

New blog post / 18 Apr 2019

In this new blog post for the Leiden Safety and Security blog, our Visiting Fellow Danny Steed discusses the emerging American practice of issuing individual indictments and how it brings along its own risks at undermining long term efforts for consensus in cyberspace behaviour.

Lucas Kello is Associate Professor of International Relations, serves as Director of the Centre for Technology and Global Affairs, and is also co-Director of the interdisciplinary Centre for Doctoral Training in Cyber Security at the Department of Computer Science at University of Oxford.

Duncan Hollis is the Laura H. Carnell Professor of Law at Temple Law School, Temple University. He is an elected member of the American Law Institute.

Bibi van den Berg is Professor of Cybersecurity Governance within the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs.

Attribution in cyber security has long been one of the greatest obstacles to taming a cyberspace that former President Obama previously labelled as ‘sort of the wild, wild West.’ Yet as much as attribution must be based on evidence, it is also very much a political position and judgement call. The emerging American practice of indicting individual hackers is therefore an intriguing development that may carry wider consequences than so far realised.

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