Banks, William. “The Bumpy Road to a Meaningful International Law of Cyber Attribution.” AJIL Unbound, 113 (July 2019).
Attributing computer network intrusions has grown in importance as cyber penetrations across sovereign borders have become commonplace, writes William C. Banks in an article featured in the American Journal of International Law’s AJIL Unbound Symposium on Cyber Attribution.
Although advances in technology and forensics have made machine attribution easier in recent years, identifying states or others responsible for cyber intrusions remains challenging. Banks’ essay provides an overview of the attribution problem and its international legal dimensions and argues that states must develop accountable cyber attribution mechanisms for international law to have practical value in this sphere.