NATO

NATO Handbook Says Hackers Can Be Battlefield Targets

Even if the hackers are civilians

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Hackers who carry out cyberattacks as part of a coordinated military campaign can be targeted as legitimate combatants, even if those individuals are civilian, according to a new NATO cyber warfare handbook.

Targeting of civilian hackers is one of many recommended mandates in the handbook, which also outlines specific rules of engagement for offensive and defensive cyber warfare missions. 

H/T Ken Spicer