Rule 31 -- Psy-Ops including leaflets, mass emails is not prohibited behavior.
Rule 33 -- If there is doubt to the status of a person, that person is to be considered a civilian and not targetable.
Rule 35.5 -- Gathering information for the military makes you a combatant.
Journalists are prohibited targets.
Once an attack is made, the retribution is legal and does not necessarily need to be in kind. A cyber attack can be met with conventional weapons.
Rule 41 -- Means and Methods describes cyber weapons broadly as the means to carry out cyber war by use, or intended use of cyber "munitions" designed to cause damage, destruction, or death to its targets. The breadth of the rule is required because of the wide array of possible attacks through cyber means.
Is it treason to target and destroy the lives of fellow citizens of your country while in the employ of a foreign government while working as a military asset? The manual is clear that a cyber attack is a use of force if it causes physical harm to people or property.
If in this case the number of people just in the US targeted by freelancers like Weisburd is potentially over 250,000 people, is that below the threshold of what is called an attack? Around the world it scales up to over 1 million. And this is just one area cyber war is being waged.The manual spells out the right to defend and even launch a preemptive attack if you know a cyberattack is imminent.Your Safety Net
Cyber war is real war and the general public of the US and every western nation is being attacked. Safety starts with the realization that it is your life, livelihood, and status in your own country that is at stake.
In the US, start by calling your congressman and senator. Demand to know why the US is giving billions of dollars to Ukraine when it is attacking US citizens. Demand that this funding cease. Should Americans give tax dollars to a regime that hires Americans as "soldiers" to attack them?
Demand that OSINT tools be regulated and taken out of free public access. The process can still be done, but it becomes slow and costly. The OSINT field needs to be regulated like doctors and lawyers are. Both professions answer to a board for misconduct and can lose their license to practice if guilty.
Taking OSINT tools out of public reach is also the only way to reform the NSA practices. The legal argument is this simple.
If a seven-year-old can use software, freeware, or a Microsoft Excel plugin to follow mommy when she goes Christmas shopping in real time, we (the State) deserve State sized tools. As the public tools become more invasive, the State capability grows in kind. The tools should be licensed.Call the Police
If your home was being burglarized, even a mild mannered person would call the police to arrest the criminal.
Report this to the FBI. In Weisburd's case, no one understood this in 2005. "Visit his local FBI field office online by clicking this link or telephone them at (816) 512-8200. Ask to speak with Special Agent Marshall Stone and ask them why they have not investigated Weisburd for online terrorism. Point out that their failure to prosecute Weisburd is an example of the FBI's current practice of not providing equal protection under the law, a violation of the US Constitution. Request information on how to file a formal complaint against Weisburd and follow through with the information."