Active Response to Computer Intrusions
Kenneth Einar Himma
University of Washington - School of Law
University of Washington
June 10, 2005
Victims of hacker attacks are increasingly adopting an "active defense" against Internet-based attacks. Instead of adopting purely defensive measures, many victims are opting for active countermeasures that are no less aggressive than the attacks themselves. For example, victims of denial of service (DoS) attacks sometimes respond by redirecting incoming packets back to their sources instead of by dropping the packets at the router; such a measure is intended to induce the cessation of the attack by overloading the network from which it is staged. This essay examines some of the technical, ethical, and legal issues associated with active intrusion response.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 35
Keywords: active defense, counterhacking, hacking back, self-defense, hackingworking papers series
Date posted: August 31, 2005
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