4 thoughts on “October 6, 2017

  1. What we need is to make it legal to hack them back. Someone breaks into your system, your security people (after positively identifying the perps) should be able to break into their systems and bleed them dry.

    Ditto for state-sponsored hacking. China steals a server from Boeing? Then the CIA should be able to locate and trash the Chinese agency responsible. Yes, it’s an act of war, but it’s also acknowledging that we have been in the middle of a cyber-war with China (and Russia) for over 10 years already, but so far we’re not allowed to shoot back.

    • Given the risks of escalation, and the additional risk of misidentifying attackers, I’m not sure this is good idea. A better approach would be for US authorities to shift their focus more towards improving our security. As it stands, the alphabet soup of security and intelligence agencies value access to systems more than they value Americans’ security. As a result, they tend to hoard any vulnerabilities and exploits they find, instead of reporting them to software makers. Software makers can’t very well address security issues they don’t know about, so all users remain vulnerable.

      • One of the truisms of computer security is that you can never have a completely safe system, especially not if it is connected to the outside world in anyway. There will always be vulnerabilities and thus the need for someone to “patrol” and watch over things.

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