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Re: [ISN] Is retaliation the answer to cyber attacks?

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_nospam>
Date: Tue Jan 25 2011 - 06:22:34 GMT

Forwarded from: security curmudgeon <jericho (at)>

Oh jeez.. didn't this silly notion out ten years ago?


: "We want to strike back. We want to exploit his network," said Oudot.
: You want statistics and logs related to the attacker, and it might be
: the idea of attacking ZeuS or SpyEye or even a state-sponsored
: attacker. It's not so complex to find zero-day vulnerabilities that
: would allow subversion of attack tools, noted Oudot, whose firm has
: experience in identifying vulnerabilities, including several related
: to mobile devices. He suggested it would be fairly simple to strike
: back against exploit packs such as Eleonore, or feed fake information
: into attacker's hands. "You can strike back," Oudot said. "Your
: enemies are not ethical hackers."

The people who own the systems they exploit and use for their attacks,
likely are ethical. Breaking into the system they broke into puts you in
the same legal territory as the 'unethical hacker'. It doesn't matter
that your intentions are noble, you are breaking the law just as much as
those attacking you.

Any founder and CEO of an *ethical* hacking company should know this.

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