Well, it appears that all the first world nations now have cyber attack teams as part of their military. If you aren't worried about that, perhaps you should be because it could affect you as a citizen. For instance if a foreign nation wants to start a covert war with the United States, they may start attacking our energy infrastructure, our communication, or even our water supply. Oh, so now I have your attention, you can see how serious this really is. Okay good, and I'd like to talk to you about this for a moment if I might.
There was an interesting article on the CBS email alerts about a segment on CBS's 60 Minutes recently titled; "Former CIA head calls Stuxnet virus "good idea," that appeared on March 1, 2012 which stated; "Could the Stuxnet virus that sabotaged the Iranian nuclear program be used against the U.S. infrastructure or other high profile targets? A retired American general who was the head of the Central Intelligence Agency when Stuxnet would have been created calls the cyber weapon a "good idea," but warns it is out there now for others to exploit."
Okay so, back to the title of this article and my basic premise here; "Do We Need a Cyber Warfare Geneva Convention-like Treaty?"
Well, here are my thoughts on all of this. First, I'd say that the answer is; well, we could get a treaty going but no one would follow it and there would always be plausible deniability, and thus, we are stuck with such attacks well into the future, and the helpless citizens have no chance in guaranteeing their infrastructure will not be disrupted and as per Murphy's Law, probably at the worst possible time, for instance if you live where it's really hot, your power will go out on the hottest day of summer.
Still, you might be asking yourself why do we need a Geneva Convention treaty for Cyber warfare? Would anyone really ever follow it? After all we have Russia now with Putin back in charge (former KGB), and he seems to think is the Cold War all over again. There are covert operations going on between the Chinese and the Americans, between the Iranians and the Americans, and there are more spies in more countries than ever before in the history of humankind. All of it is plausibly deniable.
Now then, you don't have to read all the top authors who write all those really great spy novels to know this is the reality. Our own Intelligence Industrial Complex has an enormous budget. The Chinese cyber warfare division, and the US cyber warfare command also are well-funded. So the question is have we already let the genie out of the bottle, just as we did with the first nuclear weapon?
I mean, soon every nation will have a team of hackers harassing their neighbors, and then there will be the criminal element, and who's to say who is who, who we should would retaliate against, or which attacks are really false flags? Indeed I hope you will please consider all this and think on it.