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Global cooperation needed to tame Wild West of cyberattacks

Global cooperation needed to tame Wild West of cyberattacks (Expert Blogs and Opinion)

At the same time, the cybersecurity firm FireEye called for "a global community that agrees to a set of unacceptable actions, and that works together to ensure there exists a deterrent to avoid such actions." Attribution, the company said in its report, "will be key." Although the U.S. government has publicly identified the attackers in a few high-profile cases, this is more the exception than the norm and the vast majority of attacks are never officially attributed. In light of attacks such as the Democratic National Committee cyberattack or the cyber intrusion into the U.S. power grid by Russian state actors, perhaps it is time that an international authoritative cyber attribution body be created with the goal of promoting accountability in cyberspace. In particular, a bevy of cyberthreat intelligence companies offer cybersecurity services that support cyber attribution, through the use of technology, intelligence and political insights to determine who is responsible for an attack. Private sector cyber attribution services such as these are an attempt to fill an important need.

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