Plan to Counterattack Hackers Draws More Fire

Symbiot is looking to fight back against hackers, virus writers and denial-of-service attacks by launching counterattacks.

Symbiot Inc. is looking to fight back against hackers, virus writers and denial-of-service attacks by launching counterattacks. Its no longer enough to protect a companys perimeter, they say; its time for the attacked to become the attackers.

But some security analysts have stepped up their concerns that it could cause more problems than it solves. Members of the security community are raising concerns that striking back at attackers not only leaves the company open to legal problems, but could double the strain on associated networks, ISPs and Internet hubs. They also say it aims the guns directly at innocent victims of computer viruses.

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