Google and Microsoft ask Georgia Gov. Deal to veto ‘hack back’ bill

The tech giants say the bill's provisions could have "unintended consequences" that enable anti-competitive business tactics.

A broad cybercrime bill that passed the Georgia General Assembly and has already been met with outcries for its potential chilling effect on legitimate cybersecurity research now has two more prominent opponents in Google and Microsoft.

The two companies signed a letter to Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal dated April 16 asking him to veto the bill. The companies zeroed in on a bill provision that gives companies the authority to conduct ““active defense measures” or “hack back” for the sake of cybersecurity.

“On its face, this provision broadly authorizes the hacking of other networks and systems under the undefined guise of cybersecurity,” the letter states.

Zaid Shoorbajee has the full story on CyberScoop.

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