Interesting article in today's WSJ on the potential for private cyberwar:
As companies weather a spate of high-profile computer attacks, support is growing for an option that for now is probably illegal: fighting back.
The Justice Department has long held that if a company accesses another party's computer network without permission, for whatever purpose, it is breaking the law.
But the idea of allowing the private sector to retaliate against hackers, euphemistically known as "hacking back," has gained momentum as U.S. companies wake up to the pervasive threat of cybercrime.
I've thought for some time that a science fiction triller about a corporation waging cyberwar would make a great story. If I had any skills at all at fiction, I'd be working on one of the Amazon 99-cent jobs. Lacking such skills, however, I'd love to be able to draft Charles Stross to write it. His prior work experience in the computer industry coupled with his demonstrated skills at thrillers (see The Laundry series) make him the ideal guy to tackle this subject. (See my list of favorite Charles Stross novels).