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      The International Criminal Court will now prosecute cyberwar crimes

      news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Friday, 8 September, 2023 - 17:23 · 1 minute

    Karim Khan speaks at Colombia's Special Jurisdiction for Peace during the visit of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in Bogota, Colombia, on June 6, 2023.

    Enlarge / Karim Khan speaks at Colombia's Special Jurisdiction for Peace during the visit of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in Bogota, Colombia, on June 6, 2023. (credit: Long Visual Press/Getty )

    For years, some cybersecurity defenders and advocates have called for a kind of Geneva Convention for cyberwar , new international laws that would create clear consequences for anyone hacking civilian critical infrastructure, like power grids, banks, and hospitals. Now the lead prosecutor of the International Criminal Court at the Hague has made it clear that he intends to enforce those consequences—no new Geneva Convention required. Instead, he has explicitly stated for the first time that the Hague will investigate and prosecute any hacking crimes that violate existing international law, just as it does for war crimes committed in the physical world.

    In a little-noticed article released last month in the quarterly publication Foreign Policy Analytics, the International Criminal Court’s lead prosecutor, Karim Khan, spelled out that new commitment: His office will investigate cybercrimes that potentially violate the Rome Statute, the treaty that defines the court’s authority to prosecute illegal acts, including war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide.

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    “Cyberwarfare does not play out in the abstract. Rather, it can have a profound impact on people’s lives,” Khan writes. “Attempts to impact critical infrastructure such as medical facilities or control systems for power generation may result in immediate consequences for many, particularly the most vulnerable. Consequently, as part of its investigations, my Office will collect and review evidence of such conduct.”

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      Booze and cruise providers are the latest to be hit by ransomware scourge

      Dan Goodin · news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Tuesday, 18 August, 2020 - 20:56

    A stylized ransom note asks for bitcoin in exchange for stolen data.

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    Ransomware operators are continuing their blitz on corporations with deep pockets, with Jack Daniel’s distiller Brown-Forman and cruise line behemoth Carnival being two of the latest to be hit.

    In a statement, Brown-Forman officials wrote:

    Brown-Forman was the victim of a cybersecurity attack. Our quick actions upon discovering the attack prevented our systems from being encrypted. Unfortunately, we believe some information, including employee data, was impacted. We are working closely with law enforcement, as well as world class third-party data security experts, to mitigate and resolve this situation as soon as possible. There are no active negotiations.

    The statement came after Bloomberg News reported that it had received an anonymous tip of a ransomware attack. A Dark Web site that claims to be run by members of the REvil strain of ransomware says it has obtained 1 terabyte of data from Louisville, Kentucky-based Brown-Forman. (In addition to producing Jack Daniel’s, Brown-Forman also owns Finlandia vodka and other spirits.)

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