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Professor: Cyber Attackers Could Be Easier To Catch

A Man Uses A Computer Mouse. (AP Photo)

A Man Uses A Computer Mouse. (AP Photo)

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (CBS) — Your home and company do not have to be victims of computer viruses and other attacks.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Dave Dahl reports, a University of Illinois law professor thinks he has some answers.

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Jay Kesan, arguing for a public-private cyber security partnership, says the attackers could be easier to catch.

“We’re able to do a better job of tracing back where we’re getting these attacks from, and so I suggest – particularly in situations where traditional legal remedies are lacking, and where technologies are improving – we should at least be in a position to minimize the impact of an attack,” Kesan said.

Kesan says counterstrikes could better protect banking, utility and emergency services’ cyber infrastructure.

He has written a paper, which you can find on the Web site for the Social Science Research Network.