Chicago in the 1930s was a hive of organized crime where the bad guys always had the upper hand. As dramatized by the film “The Untouchables,” lawman Eliot Ness confides to Officer Jim Malone that he is prepared to do “everything within the law” to take down Al Capone. But streetwise Malone tells Ness that, to win, he must be prepared to do more. “He pulls a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue. That’s the Chicago way.”
Like ‘30s Chicago, the dark web is crawling with global crime syndicates, and everyone I’ve talked to says fighting the Chicago waysounds appealing. The problem is that the same laws that make hacking a crime also make it a crime to retaliate.
There are ways to go on the offensive, however. New technologies, techniques and data allow companies to do more than set up defenses and wait. Instead, companies can use hackers’ methods to preemptively discover and fix weaknesses.