RUSI JournalVolume 157Issue 1members only

Cyber-Weapons


While ready-made cyber 'weapons' may cause visible embarrassment and inconvenience, truly destructive attacks will require bespoke and highly complex packages

What are cyber-weapons? Instruments of code-borne attack span a wide spectrum, from generic but low-potential tools to specific but high-potential weaponry. This distinction brings into relief a two-pronged hypothesis that stands in stark contrast to some of the received wisdom on cyber-security. Maximising the destructive potential of a cyber-weapon is likely to come with a double effect: it will significantly increase the resources, intelligence and time required for

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