Defensive Cyber Attacks Declared Legal by UK AG, Path Cleared to “Hack Back” When Critical Infrastructure & Services Attacked

Scott Ikeda reports:

The Attorney General of the United Kingdom has declared the country can make use of defensive cyber attacks when “key services” (such as critical infrastructure and banks) are struck by foreign threat actors.

The country is taking a formal position on extending international law to the digital realm, something that nations have typically been hesitant to do as espionage attempts are regularly traded back and forth between them. AG Suella Braverman paired the move with an argument before leading policy institute Chatham House that the international principle of non-intervention in the affairs of other sovereign countries should now extend to cyber attacks and countermeasures in a “proportionate” way.

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