ACI Journal Articles


5 assumptions that should change how we think about hackbacks

Document Type


USMA Research Unit Affiliation

Army Cyber Institute

Publication Date

Winter 12-5-2018


The demand for legalizing corporate hackbacks is growing – and there is significant interest by private corporations to utilize hack back if the technique was lawful.

If private companies were able to obtain the right to hack back legally, the risks for blowback is likely more significant than the opportunity and potential gains from private hackbacks. The proponents of private hackback tend to build their case on a set of assumptions. But if these assumptions are not valid, private hackback could become a federal problem through uncontrolled escalation and spillover from these private counterstrikes.

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