How to hack back legally … with the FBI’s help [Black Hat 2017]

To Inform is to Influence

Aaron Boyd

The FBI needs the private sector’s help taking down some of the largest, most complicated threats facing cyberspace. While the bureau has a wealth of technical expertise, it’s often private sector partners that develop the tactics and techniques that enable law enforcement to take action.

Speaking at the annual Black Hat conference in Las Vegas, Tom Grasso, supervisory special agent with the FBI’s Cyber Division, continually reiterated the bureau’s interest in working with the private sector, particularly when working with complex threats like botnets.

“Our overall botnet strategy really starts with the private sector … I’m looking to my private sector partners to tell me where the threats are,” he told the roomful of hackers – both white and black hat. “You guys are down in the trenches, you’re fighting the fight every day, so I want you to tell me what those threats are.”

Grasso cited…

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