The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has published a new set of rules urging hacktivists to abide by international humanitarian law in times of conflict.
Writing in the European Journal of International Law (EJIL), the ICRC warned that cyber-attacks carried out by civilians during wartime are increasingly causing disruption to non-military targets such as hospitals, pharmacies and banks – impacting blameless members of society.
Such attacks could also mean hacktivists are putting themselves in danger by signalling to opposing forces that they are a legitimate military target, the non-profit added.
The ICRC is therefore asking governments to limit this hacktivist activity. It published new rules of engagement in cyberspace to clarify what should be off-limits to civilian hackers: