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A perpetrator is a person who commits an unauthorized, illegal or criminal act.

"A perpetrator can have many meanings:

  • The computer from which the adversarial cyber operation reached the target. Note that this computer — the one most proximate to the target — may well belong to an innocent third party that has no knowledge of the operation being conducted.
  • The computer that launched or initiated the operation.
  • The geographic location of the machine that launched or initiated the operation.
  • The individual sitting at the keyboard of the initiating machine.
  • The nation under whose jurisdiction the named individual falls (e.g., by virtue of his physical location when he typed the initiating commands).
  • The entity under whose auspices the individual acted, if any."[1]