The 2014 Sony Hack and the Role of International Law

Sony Hack

In this article, Clare Sullivan posits that the 2014 hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment (“Sony Hack”) heralds the arrival of a new form of modern warfare. She argues that the current state of international law is inadequate to deal with hacks like this one, which do not cause physical damage but which nonetheless result in serious economic harm and violations of privacy. In the author’s view, a new approach is needed to ensure that countries are permitted under international law to respond to and take countermeasures against such hacks.

By Clare Sullivan

Dr. Clare Sullivan is a Fellow in the Center on National Security and the Law at Georgetown University Law Center.

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