The Rule of Law: Controlling Cyber Weapons

  • Henry Prunckun
Part of the Advanced Sciences and Technologies for Security Applications book series (ASTSA)


This chapter discusses how information and communications technology (computer systems and data transmission) are used as cyber weapons for criminal purposes. It canvasses a number of legislative policy options for controlling their misuse. It concludes with the view that implementing cyber weapons laws—in the same vein as firearms legislation—would not only help ensure society’s domestic wellbeing, it would aid national security.


Cyber weapons Legislative controls Legal controls Cybersecurity Crime prevention Computer crime 



The author would like to thank the editor of the Global Crime for permission to use his previously published paper (Prunckun 2008).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Australian Graduate School of Policing and SecurityCharles Sturt UniversitySydneyAustralia

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