Is it viable to set up an “attacking honeypot” that “punishes” the attempted intruder?

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It depends on the country of origin that you're initiating the "active defense" (also known as "hack back") against. Most countries, including the US, this is currently illegal. In the US a bill to make it legal was introduced, but it's been hanging out in stasis since mid 2019.

Active defense, even if made legal, becomes a bit messy, because you need to be really sure about your target. If the black hat is launching an attack from a compromised but otherwise legitimate machine, your active defense efforts could DOS a machine that had significant financial implication, or potentially even HSE (Health, Safety, Environment) implications.

Or even say the black hat is launching it--or proxying it--from Azure or AWS. What if your counter-attack is picked up from Microsoft or Amazon, and they blacklist your IP? What impact might that have to your business?

Is the legal ability to do this justification for the risk? Something worth considering.

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