Cyber revenge is a dish best served by sharing threat data

The idea of avenging cyber attacks may be tempting for some, but organizations should focus instead on sharing threat data to strengthen their defenses, a panel of cyber security experts said Thursday.

While there has been a lot of discussion recently within the security community about organizations launching counteroffensives, a panel speaking at NYU-Polytechnic Institute in New York cautioned against the practice.

"Strikebacks" refer to the act of tracing a cyber attack back to its origin and disabling that computer. The attacking organization is no longer a victim, but an aggressor, and there may be legal concerns about making that switch, panelists said.

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