Thesis - Could cyber-warfare be considered a new tool of foreign policy - ID:04112 - Volum 75 pagini


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I. Acknowledgments……...…1
II. Abstract……………………2

III. Table of contents..………3
1. Introduction………………4
2. Research method…………7
3. The Internet………………9
3.1. The importance of the Internet
3.2. A swift evolution of the Internet and the cyber-world
4. The (spider)web of definitions……17
4.1. The tools
4.2. The goals and motives
4.3. The Attack techniques
5. Cyber-warfare as an instrument of foreign policy.……28
5.1. The study of policy instruments
5.2. Preferences in policy instruments
5.3. The policy cycle applied to Belgium
6. Case study: the Stuxnet-virus…………………………………33
7. Why choose cyber-warfare over conventional warfare……36
7.1. The success of small countries
7.2. The question of legality
7.3. The question of cyber-weapons
7.4. The question of a cyber counter attack
7.5. The question of attribution
8. The comparison between a conventional war and a cyber-war…45
9. Can cyber change the international power balance?……….47
10. Three schools of thought concerning cyber-warfare……51
10.1. The impossibility of cyber-warfare
10.2. Cyber-warfare as a complement to conventional warfare
10.3. Cyber-warfare as a stand-alone concept
11. Conclusion……….58

IV. References………60