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Exposing Hackers as an International Deterrent

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An international group of computer scientists, law professors, military leaders, and others recently met at Russia's Moscow State University for a conference on methods of deterrence for online hackers. Naval Postgraduate School computer scientist James Bret Michael argued that surveillance on computer networks and other forms of intelligence can provide the clues needed to expose a potential hacker, and this exposure may often serve as a deterrent.

Retired Russian general Vladislav Sherstuyuk announced a new research collaboration consisting of government officials from Russia and China, as well as academic institutions including the Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad, and the State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany. The agreement will "undertake common research on international information security," Sherstuyuk says. The collaboration reflects an increased international concern over the potential devastation that computer attacks can cause.

"The U.S. needs to work with Russia because it is one of the hotbeds of crime and hacker activity," says SUNY Albany computer scientist Sanjay Goel.

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