The Australian Government and even the corporate world should have legal backing to retaliate against online attacks, according to a cybersecurity report released on Friday.
"Domestic law needs to be reviewed so that agencies and corporations can engage in active defence," said Gary Waters, a former Air Commodore and co-author of the Kokoda Foundation report, which was released on Friday. "We need to be able to say my critical infrastructure is off-limits and if you hammer me I will hammer you back."
"Nation-states under cyber attack have a right to attack — arguing what that is precisely needs to occur."
Counter-attacks would act as a deterrent to online attacks sponsored by the governments of other countries, Waters said, much as attacks work in traditional warfare.
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