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Commission suggests hacking and hijacking the computers of suspected IP pirates

John P. Mello Jr. | May 29, 2013
If you can't beat 'em, infect 'em with malware and lock down their computer.

Slow your roll
Nevertheless, the commission pulled up short of putting its stamp of approval on online vigilantism.

"The Commission is not ready to endorse this recommendation because of the larger questions of collateral damage caused by computer attacks, the dangers of misuse of legal hacking authorities, and the potential for nondestructive countermeasures such as beaconing, tagging, and self-destructing that are currently in development to stymie hackers without the potential for destructive collateral damage," it said.

The panel didn't entirely shut the door on the issue, though.

"[C]urrent law and law-enforcement procedures simply have not kept pace with the technology of hacking and the speed of the Internet," the commission said. "Almost all the advantages are on the side of the hacker; the current situation is not sustainable."


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