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Legally Hacked? Back Hacked

by Brent Kirkpatrick

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Back hacking is one of the worst ideas ever introduced in a bill titled the Active Cyber Defense Certainty Act.

Appropriately, Friday, Oct. 13 saw the introduction of bad luck on Capitol Hill in the form of a back-hacking bill titled Active Cyber Defense Certainty Act. This disastrous bill would allow people to hack hackers provided that the intent is to disrupt hacker activities. Hopefully Halloween will put a nail in this bill's coffin.

The representatives that introduced the bill, Tom Graves (R-Ga.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) were eager to provide a slippery slope that legalizes hacking. Hackers are good at hiding their traces on the legitimate computers of their other victims. Thus, legalizing back hacking would promote hacking of other victims.

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Imagine a mobbing scene, were one victim gets hacked by every other victim of their hacker. This would be the result of legalizing back-hacking. Hackers usually have favorite victim computers from which they launch many attacks. If all the victims of those many attacks back-hack, then one victim would get mobbed.

The best active defense is a robust and active network defense. This is already entirely legal. If companies and individuals are having difficulty with this, perhaps they should hire better talent.

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