National Intelligence Estimate on Cyber Espionage Leads to New Breed of Services

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The new National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Cyber Espionage (the first NIE ever to address cybersecurity specifically), which is compiled by the office of the Director of National Intelligence (currently James R. Clapper), concludes that the United States is the target of a “major espionage campaign”, and fingers China as one of the leading offenders.

This is providing a marketing opportunity for a new breed of services: organizations that will go out on the offensive for your company, basically hacking the hackers on your behalf, and essentially striking back at those attacking your network with a counter-strike. In fact, one such company calls itself “CrowdStrike”.

Holy spy versus spy, spyman!


 

It’s an interesting concept – going on the offensive to wipe out the cybersecurity threats who are DOSing, infiltrating, or otherwise hacking your network. Explains CrowdStrike, “Through hunting operations, including host-based detection, threat-specific network analysis, and victim threat profiling, we identify the adversary and find out what they are after.”

What one does with that information is, of course, one of the big questions, along with “Is it legal?”

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National Intelligence Estimate on Cyber Espionage Leads to New Breed of Services

And of course the answer to that last question depends in large part in what you ultimately decide to do. For example, leaving a poison pill on your own network (say, bundled malware, or an intentionally misleading document), and waiting for the hacker to grab that file, is going to be a whole lot more legal than would inflitrating their network.

But even the “bait and wait” startegy can have its pitfalls. If you leave malware on your own network designed to damage theirs should they steal the file, they may still have grounds for a legal action against you.

Of course, the odds are that if you are a target, your attackers are quite likely in another country, which certainly doesn’t negate the legal concerns, but it does muddy them. And if you are being illegally hacked or DOSed, the offending party (or country) is not as likely to levergae a legal claim against you as they are to..well, retaliate and escalate.

Which brings us to the question: is counter-attacking really the wisest way to go about dealing with a cyber-attack?

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National Intelligence Estimate on Cyber Espionage Leads to New Breed of Services

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  1. Interesting questions at the end. Even more interesting when asked about national security networks-should we spend billions of taxpayer $$’s just to defend against harm from cyber-attacks or do we pursue a policy of prudent preemption? Can we reach a strategic position of mutual assured destruction (or MAD)like we did with the USSR during the cold war? Is China likely to settle for a MAD situation?

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