Hacking back or strikeback technologies is a system engineering term that could occur in a situation with a positive loop, whereby each component responds with an increased reaction to the response of the other component, and so the problem gets worse and worse. (The Information Security Dictionary: Defining the Terms That Define Security, by Urs E. Gattiker) Recently, a honey pot was created with some strikeback technology in the code. In this episode of MSI Strategy & Tactics, Brent Huston and the techs discuss the various aspects of this technology and how it would affect you. Discussion questions include:
- What is the history of strike back, hacking back and how does it apply to today when you have major teams working to take down bot nets and such?
- HoneyPoint has a type of technology called “defensive fuzzing” which does something that has been compared to strikeback. How it is different than other technologies?
- What is the current take on the legality of strikeback/hacking back? Are organizations being put at risk if they attack their attackers or if their security teams go on offense?
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