The introduction sets to explain why it is important to look at the question of attribution: in short, it is central to defense and deterrence strategies. Furthermore, the introduction presents the different nuances of sponsorships to distinguish: from writing code without being aware of its intended malicious use, to states refusing to cooperate in investigations. The chapter goes on with exposing three common misconceptions that have permeated the debate on attribution: that it is a technical problem; that it is unsolvable; and that it is unique. These misconceptions will be debunked in turns throughout the remaining chapters. Finally, the chapter summarizes the argument and key terms such as "attribution" and cyber attacks.
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