The hunted become the hunters?
In an era where it has become increasingly difficult for firms to stop sophisticated hacking attacks against them, Reuters reports that some companies are taking the matter in their own hands. Growing more aggressive in counterattacking the cyber criminals, they are using the technology known as “strike-back” or “active defense.”
As we have seen in the past, firms focused on repairing the damage to their computers or networks if they were attacked. Additionally, they increased security measures to prevent future attacks. However, we live in times where malicious software is widely available on the internet for anyone looking to cause trouble.
And now the firms want to counter attack.
The technique ranges from simple steps to confuse or interrupt a hacker to more notorious ones. Security experts say that some companies have even gone to the extent of hiring contractors to hack the perpetrators own systems, violating laws in the United States or other countries while doing so.
The former head of cybercrime investigations at the FBI, Shawn Henry, aims to cater clients with a list of options of active responses. . He now works for CrowdStrike, a cyber-security company. Once a firm detects a compromised network hole, rather than expel the perpetrator right away, it looks in to ways to waste the hacker’s time & resources by acting to give access to enticing information – these materials, however, might be impossible to excerpt. As if to tease a little, the firms also allow the hackers to siphon away phony files that reveal information about the thieves’ own machines.
Some might argue that the situation is getting from bad to worse, since not only are they putting the firm in danger, but the national economy too. But the fact remains unchanged: security professionals are getting frustrated. Now company vigilantes will roam the grid.