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Commission wants to turn tables on IP thieves by crippling PCs with extortion-style lock-outs

Gregg Keizer | May 28, 2013
Buried in a 100-page report issued last week by the Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property was a recommendation to copy a tactic cyber scammers use to extort money from innocent victims.

"What the hell are these guys thinking? Outside of the enormous collateral damage this sort of 'permitted malware' regime could do to innocents, how would the average user be able to tell the difference between this class of malware and the fraudulent variety that is currently a scourge across the Net?"

While the commission acknowledged that even more aggressive measures -- including so-called "hack-back" tactics -- would require changes in U.S. law, it said an offense-is-the-best-defense solution should be studied. The commission, however, declined to make specific recommendations on how companies should be allowed to counter-attack the computers of cyber thieves and hackers.

"New options need to be considered," the commission said.

The IP Commission report can be found on the organization's website ( download PDF).

 

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