The misunderstood acronym: Why cyber weapons aren’t WMD

  title={The misunderstood acronym: Why cyber weapons aren’t WMD},
  author={Jeffrey Carr},
  journal={Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists},
  pages={32 - 37}
  • Jeffrey Carr
  • Published 1 September 2013
  • Political Science
  • Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
The potential effect of a digital, or cyber, weapon used against a network is directly proportional to how much a given population relies upon that network. The widespread denial of essential services caused by a network attack, the author writes, could lead indirectly to bodily harm and loss of life, through rioting or other violence. As of now, however, a cyber weapon cannot directly injure or kill human beings as efficiently as guns or bombs, and there is no evidence to support a claim that… 

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