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ARRR Maties! A map to the legal hack-back - Natalie Vanatta Derbycon 2016 (Hacking Illustrated Series InfoSec Tutorial Videos)

ARRR Maties! A map to the legal hack-back
Natalie Vanatta
Derbycon 2016

Defense of the nation (and by extension its citizens) is the only task that the Constitution tells the federal government that it must do. But, what happens when the government is ill-equipped to handle the defense? Today, we are bombarded by both nation-state and non-state actors operating within cyberspace with the goal to steal our property, harm our livelihoods, and destroy our way of life. In the early days of the nation, we faced a similar dilemma on the high seas which resulted in the issuance of letters of marquis & reprisal to private citizens and corporations. Our government could not field and maintain a naval force that could defend the nation and its citizens. This talk will draw parallels between the nation?s situation then and our situation today with respect to cyber security. Utilizing legal statues and lessons learned over the last two hundred years, I will propose a methodology that enables private groups to petition for the right to become privateers (aka patriots) and ?hack back? their foreign attackers.

Natalie Vanatta is an Army Cyber Officer employed by the Army Cyber Institute to explore the cybersecurity challenges facing the Army and the Nation 3-5 years in the future. Her PhD in math and IT background has definitely colored her way of thinking about the complex nature of offensive and defensive operations on 1s and 0s. She spends her time playing with encryption systems (to keep the left brain happy) and exploring human cybersecurity behavior (to keep the right brain happy).


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