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Teleforum Tomorrow 12/11: Cybersecurity and “Hacking Back”


by Publius
Posted December 10, 2012, 1:27 PM

Tomorrow, December 12, 2012, FedSoc's Criminal Law and Procedure Practice Group is hosting a Teleforum on cybersecurity. Here are the details:

Start : Tuesday, December 11, 2012 2:00 PM

End   : Tuesday, December 11, 2012 3:00 PM


Computer hacking is a large and growing problem, with no signs of abating as the world continues to modernize.  Static defenses like firewalls and encryption are helpful but not foolproof.  Experts seem to disagree as to whether the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1996 permits a hacked individual or entity to “hack back,” that is, go on the offense and attack the attacking computer.  The Department of Justice has taken the position that hacking back itself violates the law, while some notable experts assert that hacking back in self defense is permissible.  Join our experts as they discuss the legal limits.


  • Hon. Stewart A. Baker, Steptoe & Johnson LLP and former Assistant U.S. Secretary for Policy, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Mr. Prof. Orin S. Kerr, The George Washington University Law School


Call begins at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

Registration details:

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