As technology takes a higher leap in advancement with each passing day, it becomes pertinent for the U.N. Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres to call for global rules to cut down on the impact of electronic warfare on civilians as colossal cyber attacks look likely to become the next big thing in future wars.
“Episodes of cyber warfare between states already exist. What is worse is that there is no regulatory scheme for that type of warfare, it is not clear how the Geneva Convention or international humanitarian law applies to it.”
“I am absolutely convinced that, differently from the great battles of the past, which opened with a barrage of artillery or aerial bombardment, the next war will begin with a massive cyber attack to destroy military capacity… and paralyse basic infrastructure such as the electric networks.”
He says the United Nations is a platform where various players from scientists to governments could meet and work out such rules “to guarantee a more humane character” of any conflict involving information technology and, more broadly, to keep the internet as “an instrument in the service of good”.
The UN Chief encouraged professors and engineers to inculcate faster and technologically-inspired ways to contribute to the process.
It is noteworthy that, a group of NATO allies said last year they were drawing up cyber warfare principles to guide their militaries on what justifies deploying cyber attack weapons more broadly, aiming for agreement by early 2019.
Some NATO allies believe shutting down an enemy power plant through a cyber attack could be more effective than air strikes.
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