Talk about the new digital arms race. There’s a lot of stuff going on in this space between government sanctioned attacks against other countries to international corporate espionage. Besides the Lulz/Anonymous stuff most of this is happening on the fringes but it’s only a matter of time before it starts become more mainstream.
Frustrated by their inability to stop sophisticated hacking attacks or use the law to punish their assailants, an increasing number of U.S. companies are taking retaliatory action.
Known in the cyber security industry as “active defense” or “strike-back” technology, the reprisals range from modest steps to distract and delay a hacker to more controversial measures. Security experts say they even know of some cases where companies have taken action that could violate laws in the United States or other countries, such as hiring contractors to hack the assailant’s own systems.