- "If I get into a bar fight, I'll make a decision to either talk it down, defend myself, or run… depending on who's picking the fight, whether or not I'm outnumbered, surrounded, etc." Generally, the other guy doesn't know that I've been a black belt for years, and if he pushes to hard, well… Maybe I'll buy the guy a beer to try and de-escalte the situation, but if that fails, if I think I can defend my self and win, I'll fight. If not? I'm asses and elbows outa there!
- The second analogy? The one I used yesterday... "I live in New Hampshire. If someone break into my home in the middle of the night and attacks my family.. I'm going to shoot them dead ---and nobody is going to care. I was defending my family."
Hackers often times learn their trade by sharing tactics and many times, hacking each other —for fun or profit —live… yet defenders are expected to build expensive labs, take training, follow process, be good citizens, and stay within the law.
At some point, the tables have to turn. I'm not saying this is an answer that everyone should pursue. I am saying that if you feel you can defend yourself —and win, go for it. There may be legal consequences, and you might get a cyber broken nose, but for those who believe that they have the skillsets to actively defend themselves, my feeling is, they should be able to do so without fear of prosecution.
We want to know if someone is a threat, and when we find out, we want to know how they work, where they live, how they connect to the internet, where they operate from, etc. Why would we not use this information to our advantage? It's good intelligence and it can be used for many things —hacking back, legal or HR, freezing credit cards, and more. This is good intelligence work and we publish it to our Red Sky members.
Should you fight back? Probably not. Should you have the right to? Absolutely.
Interested in hearing my futurist talk? Drop me a note. We'll set something up.