Is Uncle Sam a signatory, or a pariah party?
The manual is far clearer in comparing hackers-for-hire to mercenaries who "do not enjoy combat immunity or prisoner of war status" (rule 28).
FFS, puppets for hire by those who are not signatories of/parties abiding by the Geneva Convention would say that, wouldn't they.
Don't forget, rules are for tools which are easily fooled and for fools who are easily tooled to do exactly as they are told .... like little idiot robot automatons. Cyberspace is the preserve and domain of intelligent beings who think for themselves and can keep you right by pointing out just exactly where you are going wrong again and again and again, for one has to admit to oneself surely, Man is an exceedingly slow-learner and may even be classified as somewhat retarded in many learned respects.