Should Companies be Allowed to ‘Hack Back’ after a Cyberattack by Matthew Rosenquist

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Potential for Hack-Back Legislation Government officials and experts are weighing in on the concept of ‘hacking back’, the practice of potentially allowing U.S. companies to track down cyber attackers and retaliate. Former head of the CIA and NSA outlined his thoughts to the Fifth Domain on the Hack Back issue currently being debated by Congress. He is cautious but has expressed an openness to allowing some levels of retaliation by private organizations. General Hayden is a very sharp and brings unprecedented national intelligence experience to the table, but I must disagree with his position on the risks of enabling businesses to ‘hack back’. I have had the pleasure of an in-depth 1:1 discussion with him regarding the long-term nation-state threats to the digital domain and have always been impressed with his insights. However, this is a different beast altogether. Allowing U.S. companies latitude to hack-back against cyber attackers is very dangerous. I....

March 22, 2019
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