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Ga. Congressman: Bill To Give Companies, People More Power To Attack Hackers

Right now, it's against the law to go after and “attack" hackers who may have attacked you first using unauthorized access. A proposed bill would give “authorized individuals and companies” more power to fight back.
Right now, it's against the law to go after and “attack" hackers who may have attacked you first using unauthorized access. A proposed bill would give “authorized individuals and companies” more power to fight back.
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Georgia Congressman Tom Graves wants to give people more power to fight back against cyberattacks.

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Graves introduced a bipartisan bill on Capitol Hill on Friday called the Active Cyber Defense Certainty Act, also known as the ACDC.

Currently, it’s against the law to go after and “attack” hackers who may have attacked you first using unauthorized access.

According to Graves’ office, the bill would give “authorized individuals and companies” the legal authority to access other networks to:

  1. establish attribution of an attack;
  2. disrupt cyberattacks without damaging others’ computers;
  3. retrieve and destroy stolen files;
  4. monitor the behavior of an attacker;
  5. utilize beaconing technology.

Roy Hadley, an Atlanta attorney specializing in cybersecurity, said the bill would bring changes.

“We’re giving companies the nod to be cyber police out there and take proactive measures that you would normally associate with law enforcement, kind of deputizing IT departments of corporate America out on the networks,” Hadley said.

Hadley leads the cybersecurity and privacy practice at Thompson Hine and is chair of the information security society for the Technology Association of Georgia.

Hadley said the biggest issue with the bill would be determining oversight and reporting.

 

 

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