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Can companies “hack back” against their attackers?

Given recent highly publicized cyber-attacks against companies such as Barnes & Noble, Citibank, Sony, Yahoo and Comcast (to name just a few), corporate security officers may be forgiven for wanting to take matters into their own hands by counterattacking (or “hacking back”) into the computer systems of cybercriminals.

There has been a great deal of debate among lawyers, academics and security professionals regarding the legality and effectiveness of hacking back. However, most experts believe that current U.S. law would not permit corporations to employ hacking-back tactics to defend their own systems.

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Todd Taylor

Todd Taylor is a Senior Counsel in Moore & Van Allen PLLC’s Intellectual Property practice group and its Commercial & Technology Transactions practice group. 

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