Support Grows to Make Retaliation Hacking Legal

Legislation under consideration in Congress would give private entities the right to defend themselves in cyberspace using computer-hacking tactics to enter the information systems of cyberattackers or would-be attackers. In light of the growing number of banks, retailers, online businesses and other companies that have reported substantial losses from thefts of data and intellectual property in attacks by cybercriminals, there is support for such a measure.