In June 2010, a security firm in Belarus detected a new cyber worm on a client's computer in Iran. As experts worked to untangle its pieces and understand its purpose, they quickly realized that the worm, called Stuxnet, was one of the most sophisticated and expensive pieces of malware ever created. Although the United States has yet to officially acknowledge responsibility for Stuxnet, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 included provisions authorizing the military to conduct offensive operations in cyberspace.
Kristen E. Tullos,
From Cyber Attacks to Social Media Revolutions: Adapting Legal Frameworks to the Challenges and Opportunities of New Technology,
Emory Int'l L. Rev.
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