Hostile cyber attacks have become front-page news. Increasingly, they are described as cyber terror attacks by journalists, decisionmakers and the perpetrators themselves. Several recent examples are representative:
All of the above incidents raise clear and urgent questions about the nature and scope of real-world damage that can - and cannot - be wreaked by hostile actors leveraging the power of the internet, and the ways in which the international legal system and global policymakers should be coping with such threats.
But are they cyber terrorism?