UN Chief calls for global rules to protect innocent victims of cyber warfare

Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, has called for new global rules that could shield innocent civilians if nations conduct cyber warfare to cripple their enemies instead of attacking with conventional weapons in the future.

Guterres said that traditional ways of working out global rules to govern cyber warfare could take decades, hence the process needs to be quick and collaborative between nations.

The secretary-general's comments do not seem too out of context considering that several nations have begun complaining about repeated cyber attacks being launched by their adversaries to cripple their economies or to steal top-secret technologies.