The world needs to draw up new accords on online warfare to deal with the growing dangers of attacks in cyberspace, David Cameron and fellow international leaders will be told on Friday.
Proposals for adapting the Geneva and Hague conventions to provide “rules of engagement” for “cyber war” will be delivered to the Munich Security Conference by American and Russian experts at the influential EastWest Institute, a New York-based think-tank.
World leaders attending the annual Munich gathering include Mr Cameron, Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, and Angela Merkel, the German chancellor.
The EastWest Institute will argue that the new rules will be needed to protect civilian facilities such as hospitals and schools from being hit in future online conflicts.
The team will tell the security conference that discriminating between military and civilian targets and identifying attackers presents major new challenges in the internet era.