IBA Annual Conference Sydney 2017

8 Oct - 13 Oct 2017

Room C2.2, Convention Centre, Level 2

Session information

Cybercrime as a political weapon
Room C2.2, Convention Centre, Level 2


Anti-Corruption Committee
Criminal Law Committee
Senior Lawyers' Committee
Technology Law Committee
War Crimes Committee


Cybercriminals attack people, organisations and governments for many reasons: malice, money and fame. However, in the past few years, a new breed of cybercriminal has emerged: ‘hacktivists’ use their skills to promote a political agenda. They may or may not be directly affiliated with any government or political party, but their actions can wreak havoc in places in which they will never step foot. Going beyond generally accepted espionage and spycraft, the most high-profile example of this so far has been the hack of the United States Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the release of its senior staff’s private emails on WikiLeaks, attributed to groups linked to Russian security services. In the face of this, how should the US and the rest of the world respond? What can governments, businesses and individuals do to protect themselves or fight back when attacked?

Session / Workshop Chair(s)

Monty Raphael KC null, London, England; Co-Chair, Cybercrime Subcommittee


Dr Felicity Gerry KC Libertas Chambers UK & Crockett Chambers Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Radha Ivory TC Beirne School of Law The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
James E Vint Breakwater Solutions, Chicago, Illinois, USA