While the UK struggles with antiquated self-defense policies preventing citizens from defend themselves and their families with firearms, the country is at the cutting-edge of developing software to aggressively thwart cyber attacks in the world of commerce.
This is not grandma’s antivirus scan designed to help you ride out the cyber attack storm as unscathed as possible, it’s an aggressive form of modern digitized warfare designed to hunt down, infiltrate, and destroy your cyber-terrorist.
Motherboard.com reports that Pervade, a tech firm in the UK, is effectively giving the business community the opportunity to respond directly to a forced breach of network security or compromised account integrity, by arming the potential victim for battle with an array of potent viral weapons designed for a strategic and effective counterattack. The ability to hack the hackers is not a novel concept and the concern has always been the potentially debilitating response to mounting a militant response.
Firing a volley of malicious software directly back at the offending IP criminal is not yet legal in the US or the UK as legislation has been slow to adapt to the ever changing rules of the online battlefield. John Davies, the managing director of Pervade, which provides end users with a toxic toolkit of menacing computer viruses for the purpose of engaging hackers head on, suggests relocating the online business to a nation where digital retaliation is currently allowed.
As difficult and cumbersome as a move may be for an organization, the customizable features offered in the Pervade vault of countermeasures makes you want to take the risk and fire back. Attack levels in the defense software can be calibrated with the simple use of a dropdown menu allowing you to select the exact type of artillery and magnitude of severity when sending the crook a taste of their own medicine.
Thus, far the company has not released data supporting the effectiveness of the product in the prevention of hacking ventures, but the presence of a viable mechanism for the protection of information and data, may change the way the game starts from the criminal perspective.
Read the Motherboard.com article here.