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Black Hat Survey: 36% Of Information Security Professionals Have Engaged In Retaliatory Hacking

Some IS pros believe retaliatory attacks may discourage further attacks, according to nCircle
LAS VEGAS, NV – July 26, 2012 – Black Hat USA 2012, Booth 628 –nCircle, the leader in information risk and security performance management solutions, today announced the results of a survey of 181 attendees of the Black Hat USA 2012 security conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.

When asked “Have you ever engaged in retaliatory hacking?” 64% said “never”, 23% said “once”, and 13% said “frequently”.

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The information security community is divided on the practice of retaliatory hacking. Some information security professionals believe retaliatory attacks may discourage further attacks, while others believe these attacks are only likely to escalate hostilities, and increased attacks have the potential to do irreparable damage.

“Retaliatory hacking is a huge topic at Black Hat this year, but we should take these survey results with a grain of salt,” said Tim ‘TK’ Keanini, CTO for nCircle. “It’s safe to assume some respondents don’t want to admit they use retaliatory tactics. It’s very tempting to strike back out of anger and frustration. However, as infuriating as cyber criminals can be, this ‘eye for an eye’ code of justice can be extremely dangerous.

Keanini added: “There’s a huge difference between a security expert who can qualify attackers and apply appropriate responses and a neophyte who reacts blindly. The best strategy for most companies is to forget retaliation and concentrate on improving their defenses.”

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