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Does cyber-spying equal war?

Mar. 31, 2014 - 11:10AM   |  
By MICHAEL HARDY   |   Comments
Turkish Foreign Affairs minister Ahmet Davutoglu characterized electronic eavesdropping as an attack on the country. (ADEM ALTAN / AFP/Getty Images)
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A cyber-attack is as good as a military attack, according to Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.

Speaking about electronic eavesdropping on a recent security meeting, Davutoglu said, “This is an attack on the Turkish Republic, because we were talking about the security of Turkish army and land in the meeting,” as quoted on He also said the cyber-attack was no different from a military attack, according to the article.

Kevin Coleman, a senior fellow at SilverRhino and a C4ISR & Networks blog writer, posed the question recently of just what elevates a cyberattack into an actual act of war.

“Most would agree that treating acts of cyber aggression against companies and countries as crime is appropriate as is treating it as a capital offense if there is loss of life,” he wrote in a recent blog post. “What is not agreed upon is at what point (if ever) does it move to an act of war? Calls for caution have been made for fear setting a red-line to define what constitutes an act of cyber war may result in cyber attackers launching attacks that go right up to that line, but not crossing it.”

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