Congress considers hacker tactics to fight against cyber criminals

Two dozen U.S. military weapons systems have been compromised by Chinese hackers, according to the Washington Post.

Chinese hackers have gained access to advanced weapon systems here in the U.S, according to a report out yesterday. Now, that hacked information might be used to copy or even disable those weapon systems.

It's a problem that isn't likely to go away soon, as the companies that design and make our weapons are increasingly interconnected through the web. So how should they defend themselves against cyberattacks?

One answer is to hack right back. The Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property is recommending Congress allow companies to use some of the criminals' tools to fight fire with fire online.

"If it's your information, you ought to be able to have the means available to prevent another from exploiting it," says Roy Kamphausen, who co-authored the report.

Kamphausen fully admits that using hackers’ tools against them might be a dangerous game. But he also said technology is moving a lot faster than the legislative process -- and that's a big problem for defending against online crime.

To hear more about the report and the tactics detailed from cybersecurity expert Chester Wisniewski, click on the audio player above.

About the author

Chester Wisniewski is a computer security expert with the computer security firm Sophos.

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