Proposed ‘Hack Back’ Bill Would Help Companies Hunt Down Hackers

Today’s topics include a Georgia congressman looking to breathe new life into a controversial proposed hack back bill; Google adding new anti-phishing features to Gmail; IBM and Cisco joining forces to integrate threat intelligence to improve cyber-security; and Microsoft partners readying Windows mixed reality headsets in time for the holidays.

Georgia congressman Tom Graves has made a second attempt to craft legislation that carves out legal exemptions for companies that “hack back” at attackers, posting a revised draft on May 25 that allows for beaconing technology, creates a mandatory reporting requirement and further protects against collateral damage.

The goal of the legislation, known as the Active Cyber Defense Certainty Act, is to help companies identify and take steps against online attackers.

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