When Red Cross staff work in conflict zones, their recognizable red-on-white emblems signal that they and those they are helping should not be targeted.
The organization now wants to create a digital emblem that would warn would-be attackers that they have entered computer systems of the Red Cross or medical facilities as warfare and attacks increasingly move into cyberspace. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) urged nations to support the idea on Thursday, claiming that a digital emblem of this kind would help shield humanitarian infrastructure from inaccurate targeting. Robert Mardini, the director-general of the ICRC, said in a statement that “cyber operations are becoming a reality of armed conflict as societies digitalize.”
The ICRC claimed that it had been collaborating with several universities and other organizations to create potential technical answers for a digital emblem.