HACKING BACK UNPOPULAR RESPONSE TO DATA BREACHES — A plurality of Americans believe in a get-tough approach to foreign countries responsible for breaches of American government data, according to a new poll. But almost all draw the line at hacking back.

When asked to choose among a menu of responses in a July poll of 1,026 adults, more than a third said that the U.S. should impose trade sanctions on a country that steals American government data. Slightly less than a third said the U.S. should impose diplomatic sanctions on the foreign government’s officials located in the U.S. A quarter supported cutting of all ties. Only 10 percent said the U.S. should “hack the country’s government infrastructure to obtain similar data.” The poll has a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points and was conducted by Wakefield Research for cybersecurity firm Vormetric. The poll: https://bit.ly/1MrK4QP

Source: POLITICO