New bill would allow hacking victims to ‘hack back’

Reps. Tom Graves (R-Ga.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) introduced a bill Friday that would allow hacking victims to “hack back” when attacked. The Active Cyber Defense Certainty Act allows individuals and companies to hack hackers if the goal is to disrupt, monitor or attribute the attack, or destroy stolen files. Read the new legislation introduced by […]

Letting Cyberattack Victims Hack Back Is a Very Unwise Idea

Read why Greg Nojeim and David Snead say that letting cyber attack victims hack back at hackers is a bad idea on Wired : As the rate of cybercrime increases, so too does the intensity of those attacks. Now, companies like the UK’s Pervade Software are exploring new digital weapons with the goal of better […]

When Companies Get Hacked, Should They Be Allowed to Hack Back?

Read Josephine Wolff take a look at whether allowing hacked companies to hack back at cyber criminals is a good strategy on The Atlantic : There is an old debate (at least, counting in internet years) that tends to crop up after major cybersecurity breaches such as the widespread WannaCry ransomware attack in May. Read […]

Hacking Back Could Lead to Cyber Vigilantism, Lawmaker Says

In the wake of discussions whether U.S. organizations should be allowed to strike back against nation-sponsored hackers, one congressman warned the dangers of cyber retaliation shouldn’t be taken lightly. “There have been discussions … of authorizing hack backs in limited form, and I want you to know, I’m firmly against that approach,” Read why Rep. Jim Langevin, […]

If hacking back becomes law, what could possibly go wrong?

Read Violet Blue take a look at the newly initiated hacking back legislation on Engadget : Representative Tom Graves, R-Ga., thinks that when anyone gets hacked — individuals or companies — they should be able to “fight back” and go “hunt for hackers outside of their own networks.” The Active Cyber Defense Certainty (“ACDC”) Act […]

Hacked? Proposed Bill Would Allow Firms to Hack Back

Rep. Tom Graves, R-Ga., introduced a bill as a discussion draft that would allow a victim of a cyberattack to access the attacker’s computer in order to gather information about the attack to share with law enforcement or to stop the hacker from continuing to access their network. Read more about the new bill introduced […]

Hack Back Measure Might Give Companies Vigilante Powers

Read why Daniel R. Stoller says that giving hacking back powers to companies could turn them into vigilantes on  Bloogberg BNA : A House discussion draft bill that would give companies the power to hack back against cybercriminals needs further work to get broad support in Congress, a think tank technology policy specialist told Bloomberg […]

Why companies don’t hack back

Read why Naomi Eide says that companies can deploy hacking back at hackers and cyber criminals as a policy on CIO Dive : There is something visceral about responding in kind. When attacked, instinct says to lash back and defend, counteracting a threat. In cybersecurity, the retaliatory counterattack is better left to the nation state actors, […]

Why Hacking Back Rarely Works

Read Israel Barak’s article about why hacking back policy is a failure on SC Magazine : In November, the UK announced a formal policy of hacking back against nation state attackers. While it might be a viable government policy, for most enterprises, a cyberattack is a crime, not an act of war. Legal and moral […]

Is it Time for America to Hack Back?

Read why Jeff John Roberts says that it is time for US businesses to hack back at hackers on Forbes : Foreign governments use hackers to steal U.S. corporate secrets and meddle with our political system. Meanwhile, a botnet of millions of rogue devices recently cut off access to popular websites on the East Coast, […]