In an attempt to fight the ever-increasing foreign cyber attacks on US companies, the US Department of Justice intends on using criminal prosecutions as a defense tactic. This could be a step in the right direction, as Chinese state-sponsored hackers have been very persistent in their attacks against US organizations without real consequence. The Justice Department is training more than 100 prosecutors to take on the task, and is looking to indict actual hackers, as well as government officials.
Indictments could help deter some attacks but it won’t work as a total fix to the problem. There’s also the possibility that indictments could backfire. What happens if other countries indict US officials? However if we try it now at least we could work through the kinks and perhaps some day use it as an effective response.
In an intriguing push against the ever-increasing number of foreign-governments sponsored cyber attacks against U.S. companies, the U.S. Department of Justice intends to turn to its roots with an old-fashioned tactic that has worked against the mafia, drug traffickers and white collar crime: criminal prosecutions.
It is no secret that Chinese state-sponsored hackers have been running advanced persistent attacks against U.S. defense contractors in recent years — often virtually living on their computer networks. But until now, responses to cyber attacks were viewed as either a legislative challenge, an intelligence riddle for the FBI, or a potential Defense Department and National Security Agency job.
The riddle has consistently been this: If defenses aren’t working against better and better attackers, how to make the attackers pay? State Department demarches? Ineffectual. Offensive cyber retaliation? What’s the legal basis for it, and to what end?
One answer: indictments.
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