New Scenario Unveiled for the Cyber Law Toolkit

Cyber Law Toolkit, the leading interactive web-based resource on the international law of cyber operations, has now released its newest scenario that deliberates a hypothetical ransomware campaign against municipal governments and health-care providers from the perspective of international law.

The scenario, inspired by multiple real-world events including the 2017 WannaCry incident or the 2018 SamSam ransomware attack, describes how ransomware originating abroad may disable essential municipal and health-care services. The analysis, authored by Kenneth Kraszewski, considers whether the hypothetical ransomware campaign violates international law and outlines the legal responses available to the Victim State.

The Toolkit is a dynamic interactive web-based resource for legal professionals and students who work with a wide array of topics related to international law and cyber operations. The practical Toolkit consists of several hypothetical scenarios, each of which contains a description of cyber incidents inspired by real-world examples and accompanied by detailed legal analysis. The aim of the analysis is to provide thorough examination of the applicability of international law to the diverse scenarios and related legal issues.

The authors of the Toolkit have designed this web-based resource to be a useful tool for legal practitioners. To begin exploring the Toolkit, users may first take a look at the list of scenarios, check out the keyword cloud, or familiarize themselves with the FAQ page. To keep pace with the recent developments in the cyber security domain and remain a relevant source of help for practitioners and scholars alike, the Toolkit is regularly updated.

The project is run by a consortium of five partner institutions: Czech National Cyber and Information Security Agency (NCISA), International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (NATO CCDCOE), University of Exeter, and Wuhan University. The project team consists of Dr Kubo Mačák (Exeter), General Editor, Mr Tomáš Minárik (NCISA), Managing Editor, and Ms Taťána Jančárková (NATO CCDCOE), Scenario Editor. The individual scenarios and the Toolkit have been reviewed by a team of more than 20 external experts and peer reviewers. The Toolkit is an interactive resource that is continuously developed and updated.

For further information concerning the Toolkit, including media enquiries, please contact the project team at [email protected]