Getting Revenge: The Ethics of Active Countermeasures

Businesses and individuals are getting fed up with always being one step behind cyber criminals and constantly playing defense. In an attempt to be more proactive and shift the dynamic, some security experts are now advocating active countermeasures—basically attacking the attackers. While getting revenge has a nice ring to it, becoming an attacker raises a number of ethical issues.

Personally I support the idea of offensive countermeasures on the attackers. However, it is not as easy as it sounds. Mainly because sometimes you have no clue who the real attacker is.

Yet, I like the idea of hacking back.