Due diligence obligations and international responsibility for cyber attacks.
In the silence of international law cyber attack should be considered as a lawful act that does not imply any international responsibility, also because it is often launched by non state actors.
The present research project aims at demonstrating that although cyber attacks are not expressly forbidden by international law States are obliged to implement all the necessary strategies to prevent network infrastructures within their own territory from being used from private individuals to the detriment of the rights and interests of other states: cyber due diligence.
The fulfillment of this obligation would inevitably lead to the implementation of the further and more specific obligation on the part of the territorial state to adopt all unilateral measures (eg domestic criminal law enforcement measures against cybercrime) to prevent or to limit private activities on its territory which may cause damages to other States (cd duty to prevent).
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