What happened?

All mainstream media have been flooded with never ending announcements of cyber security breaches for quite some time. All of a sudden, in the last couple of weeks, there are none. Total silence. What happened? Have cyber attacks stopped or have they become so stealthy that no one can detect them? Probably neither.

This sudden silence make me wonder about controllability of the media by political powers. Let us put it on our watch list. This could be a litmus test for mainstream media independence.

Meanwhile, since there is no cybersecurity new to discuss, I’d like to touch upon a very interesting subject of laws and rules of cyberspace.

There are two general categories of law: spatial and societal. Spatial laws are native to the space; objects in a space can discover them, but cannot change them. Newtonian laws of motion are an example of spatial laws in our physical space.

No entity has jurisdiction over entire cyberspace, i.e., there is no overall authority in cyberspace. Furthermore, no entity has jurisdiction even over a subspace such as the Internet or the international postal system. Thus, societal or relative laws cannot effectively exist in cyberspace. This means that any attempt to make a relative law for cyberspace is futile. For instance, suppose country A enacts a law that makes it illegal to communicate with any cyber object in country B. This is hardly an enforceable law. For instance, an object in country B can have a related object in a neutral country C. This way, this object in country B can communicate with objects in country A through its related object, with a low probability of detection in cyberspace. Thus this law can be enforced in country A with some chance of success through its government’s means in physical space, but not in cyberspace. This means that any attempt to create societal laws relative to objects in cyberspace is essentially futile.


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