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By SecureWorld News Team
Wed | Mar 8, 2017 | 9:42 AM PST

With limits of course...

Graham Cluley explains:

A United States representative has proposed a bill that would allow hacking victims to hack back their attackers.

On 3 March, Representative Tom Graves (R-Georgia) proposed a discussion draft of what he's calling "ACDC".

No, the bill has nothing to do with the "Thunderstruck" Australian rock band. ACDC in this case stands for "Active Cyber Defense Certainty." It's a term that empowers hacking victims to use "limited defensive measures that exceed the boundaries of one's network" to stop and/or identify digital attackers.

Essentially, ACDC empowers companies that have experienced digital intrusions to hack back their attackers. But it's important to note there are some limitations. Indeed, the bill limits victims' defensive measures to gathering data about their attackers and sharing that information with law enforcement. It does not allow other activities such as destroying information, causing physical injury to another person, or creating a threat to public safety and/or health.