By Paul LeckerSports ReporterFOND DU LAC — The University of Wisconsin-Marshfield/Wood County women’s basketball team took the lead early and held off UW-Fond du Lac on the road 47-41 on Friday night.The Marauders women are now 7-4 overall and 5-2 in the Wisconsin Collegiate Conference.Marshfield led 20-11 at halftime as both teams struggled offensively. The Marauders held on to the lead the rest of the way.Taylor Lynn had 13 points, Brooke Schultze added 10 points and seven rebounds, and Paige Newman had eight points and eight rebounds for the Marauders.Marshfield shot just 30 percent (18 of 60) but made 11 of 14 free throws and held Fond du Lac to 22 percent shooting (12 of 55).UW-Marshfield/Wood County is now off for a little more than three weeks for semester break and returns to action Jan. 5 at home against UW-Manitowoc.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Marauders 47, Falcons 41UW-Marshfield/Wood County 20 27 – 47UW-Fond du Lac 11 30 – 41UW-MARSHFIELD/WOOD COUNTY (47): Meacham 0-5 0-0 0, Schultze 1-5 8-10 10, Jankowski 2-6 0-0 4, Newman 3-7 2-2 8, Bump 1-3 0-0 2, Lynn 6-20 1-2 13, Turner 2-4 0-0 4, Stroetz 1-1 0-0 2, Patiel 2-9 0-0 4. FG: 18-60. FT: 11-14. 3-pointers: 0-4 (Newman 0-1, Meacham 0-3). Rebounds: 53 (Newman 8). Turnovers: 22. Fouls: 19. Fouled out: none.UW-FOND DU LAC (41): Hilbert 4-7 6-7 14, Williams 0-3 3-4 3, B. Retzleff 1-10 0-0 3, Garriety 2-11 0-0 4, A. Retzleff 2-6 0-2 4, Flood 2-9 2-2 8, Wagner 1-9 3-5 5. FG: 12-55. FT: 14-20. 3-pointers: 3-18 (Flood 2-5, B. Retzleff 1-5, Garriety 0-4, A. Retzleff 0-4). Rebounds: 39 (Four with five). Turnovers: 21. Fouls: 12. Fouled out: none.
3 June 2002The tragic death of former Protea cricket captain Hansie Cronje, at age 32, stunned South Africa and the cricketing world alike. Cronje was one of South Africa’s most successful cricket captains before his involvement in a betting scandal brought a premature and controversial end to his career.His death in an aircraft accident on June 1 has united South Africans in shock and forgiveness for Cronje’s part in the scandal.A born leader, Cronje, the son of former Free State cricketer Ewie Cronje, was tagged as a future national cricket captain while still at school at Bloemfontein’s renowned Grey College. He played three years for Free State Schools and two years for the South African Schools team, captaining the side in 1987 with his close friend Jonty Rhodes as vice-captain.In the same year, he made his debut for the senior Free State team against Transvaal in Johannesburg.Cronje quickly established himself as a player to be reckoned with, and when South Africa made its foray back into international cricket in 1991 in India, he was chosen to accompany the side for the experience.Cronje at the commission of inquiry into match-fixing in cricketRising to the challenge of the international game, Cronje turned in a series of domestic performances that could not be ignored, and was chosen to represent South Africa in the 1992 World Cup in Australia. His one-day international debut came in a nine-wicket thrashing of the hosts.Cronje’s Test debut came in a one-off match against the West Indies in the same year, and in December of 1992 he hit his first Test century, scoring 135 out of a South African first innings total of 275 in Port Elizabeth. His stay at the crease was typical of his determination and drive, lasting almost nine hours, and it played a pivotal role in a South African victory that led to a series win.In late 1994 Cronje took over the national captaincy from Kepler Wessels, but in his first Test in charge the Proteas were beaten by New Zealand at the Wanderers. South Africa levelled the series in Durban and then, led by centuries from Cronje and Dave Richardson, sealed a series triumph in Cape Town.Earlier in the same year, Cronje achieved his highest ever first-class score, a magnificent 251 for Free State against Australia in Bloemfontein that included 28 fours and six sixes. The few witnesses to that magnificent knock will undoubtedly never forget it.Cronje led the Proteas until the match-fixing scandal that would end his career broke in 2000. During that time South Africa achieved some notable victories, including Test series triumphs in both India and Pakistan – something that not even the all-conquering Australians managed.Cronje played in 68 Tests for South Africa, leading his country on 53 occasions. He scored 3 714 runs at an average of 36.41 and captured 43 wickets – but it was the intangibles of his leadership and toughness that really stood out.Few who saw him take on the world’s finest spin bowlers, Shane Warne and Muttiah Muralitharan, can forget his devastating “slog sweep’ that often resulted in the maximum of six runs. As a captain he faced up to the challenge of all comers, helping lift the team to second in the world Test rankings and first in the one-day rankings.The Hansie I knewI knew Hansie personally, having faced him many times on the cricket field, and also having been privileged enough to play together with him for Free State Schools and in club cricket. He was a very easy person to like, and playing cricket either with or against him was always a tough and enjoyable experience.Hansie had a tremendous sense of humour and loved playing practical jokes. He was also always a gentleman, and maintained his humility even with all the pressures that went along with being national cricket captain. Nobody worked harder at cricket than he did, and his example inspired others.When playing under Hansie, I always felt that the team had an extra confidence and an advantage over the opposition. I, like many others, never had anything but the greatest respect for him.To demonstrate the kind of guy he was: It was December 1996 and I had just begun a job as a sports reporter with a radio station in Durban. The Proteas were facing India in the first test, and it came as a great surprise to Hansie when I walked in to interview him at the team hotel the day before the start of the Test.We had a good chat, and he told me to wait next to the stairs leading to the change rooms after play finished the next day.As it happened, he was at the crease and not out when play came to a close. Still in pads and sweating heavily in the humid climate of Durban, he nonetheless signalled to me to join him around a corner hidden from the sight of others, and there he gave me an exclusive interview – something he was not supposed to do – long before he had showered and attended the official press conference.That was the Hansie I knew, and I hope that people will begin to see that the good in the man far outweighed the bad, and that his contributions to this country, its people and its cricket were indeed immense and worth so much more than the mistakes he made.Sadly, Hansie was just beginning to fight back from the devastating blow of his life ban from cricket when his life was cut short. Tributes to him have flowed in from across South Africa and across the world, and former President Nelson Mandela, for one, believed that he would have still managed to play a big role in South Africa’s future.Mandela said in a statement: “Here was a young man courageously and with dignity rebuilding his life after the setback he suffered a while ago. The manner in which he was doing that, rebuilding his life and public career, promised to make him once more a role model of how one deals with adversity.”Former South African captain Bob Woolmer, with whom Hansie spent many successful seasons, said: “He was the best captain I had the pleasure of working with. He was a real leader of men. They would have walked off Table Mountain for him. He was a man destined for greatness.“I will miss him enormously … He has gone to a better place, and I hope he does well in God’s cricket team. To all of us who knew him, this is a terrible day.”Cronje leaves behind his wife, Bertha.
An artist’s impression of the new science and technology high school in Mvezo, Eastern Cape. Click image for a larger view. (Image: Mandela School of Science and Technology) • Patuxolo Toni Acting school principal Mandela School of Science and Technology +27 73 508 9447 • Science school comes to Mvezo • A fun approach to science teaching • Denel helps maths, science pupils • South African education project wins top award • Zuma: South Africa to meet 2015 education goalSulaiman PhilipThe first high school to open in the rural village of Mvezo, Nelson Mandela’s birthplace, is a state-of-the-art school dedicated to science and technology. The modern campus, set on the banks of the winding Mbashe River deep in rural Transkei, is the fulfilment of a promise Siemens chief executive Peter Loescher made to Mandela in 2010.Cutting the ribbon at the opening on Friday 17 January, President Jacob Zuma said that the Mandela School of Science and Technology was a dream fulfilled for Madiba. Madiba was Mandela’s clan name and the name by which he was fondly known; his official title was Nkosi Dalibhunga Mandela. Just as he was able to convince American businesswoman Oprah Winfrey to spend her own money to establish her Leadership Academy for Girls, Zuma said, he convinced the European technology giant’s Loescher to build a school in Mvezo.In his speech, Zuma told the incoming students: “Madiba had to travel far to obtain secondary education because there was no secondary school in this area. Siemens has ensured that the children of Mvezo receive a state-of-the-art science and technology school that Madiba did not even dream of way back then.”Siemens spent R98-million on the construction and will be responsible for the running costs of the school for the first three years. It will accommodate 700 students from 22 feeder schools in the Eastern Cape. The cream of the region’s high school science talent will be tutored at the leafy campus and have access to computer and science labs, a library and resource centre, and well-maintained sports and recreation facilities.The first year’s intake comprises 400 students in grades eight to 10.South African President Jacob Zuma, Siemens Southern Africa CEO Sigi Proebstl, and Mandla Mandela, Nelson Mandela’s grandson, at the official opening of the school in Mvezo on Friday 17 January 2014. (Image: GCIS)Education and freedomThe school’s colours of green and orange were inspired by the indigenous aloe. Its emblem, designed by Siemens with input from the local community, is a wind turbine set on a traditional Xhosa battle shield. The turbine blades divide the shield into three fields. The top section represents the village of Mvezo, and the left and right sections highlight the science and technology focus of the school. The school motto, developed by local community members, is: Education is freedom. It was inspired by Mandela’s words: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” The crest of the Mandela School of Science and Technology. Click image for a larger view.Siegmar Proebstl, Siemens Africa chief executive, said that beyond the importance of building a world-class school where none existed, the project was socially rewarding as well. Using Siemens water filtration technology, the school will supply clean water for its own use, and for the surrounding community. In a nod to sustainability, building materials were sourced from the surrounding area, and the sun will be harnessed to light the resource centre and the external lighting. As part of the education programme, students will be trained, alongside members of the Mvezo community, to maintain the technology.“We are a technology company focusing on technology solutions. The learners in the school will be exposed to this cutting-edge technology and will hopefully get excited about technological solutions and the fascinating world of engineering. South Africa and the rest of the Africa needs engineers to find answers to the continent’s infrastructure challenges and to create jobs,” Proebstl explained.Altruism and a desire to celebrate Madiba’s legacy are not the only reasons for the school’s existence. Siemens, like other corporations, struggles to find qualified South Africans to fill vacant posts in the country. As many as 600 engineering and technology posts at Siemens have gone unfilled because South African graduates do not have the skills levels to step into employment. For this reason, the company has sought to invest in educational initiatives.Explaining the large investment in Mvezo, Rita Nkhulu, Siemens South Africa head of corporate strategy and the project leader for the school, told Business Week: “There are lots of students coming out of school with grades that are really not up to par.”Science and technology challengesConceding that there were still challenges to be faced in the teaching of science and technology, Zuma thanked Siemens for its vision. He said co-operation between the government and the private sector was the best way forward. “We appreciate the support from the private sector in our quest to improve the quality of education in the country.”As his speech drew to a close, Zuma reminded the learners of the responsibility they had as the first students at the Mandela School of Science and Technology. They were being trained to be the leaders of tomorrow and had to honour the memory of the greatest South African, whose name was on the wall above the entrance.The school falls under the government’s Accelerated School Infrastructure Delivery Initiative, an R8.2-billion public-private initiative that aims to eradicate the 496 “mud schools” and provide water and sanitation to 1 257 schools and electricity to 878 schools by March 2016.
(AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs agreed to a $42 million, three-year deal with safety Tyrann Mathieu on Monday, continuing what is expected to be an aggressive offseason overhaul of their leaky defense.Two people familiar with the deal confirmed the move. The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal cannot become official until Wednesday, when the new league year begins and free agents can sign contracts.The 26-year-old Mathieu was selected by Arizona in the third round of the 2013 draft after a standout career at LSU. He showed glimpses of his ball-hawking, playmaking abilities with the Cardinals, earning a Pro Bowl selection during the 2015 season, but also dealt with his share of injuries.He tore ligaments in his left knee in 2013 and right knee in late 2015.Mathieu signed a $7 million deal with Houston last season and wound up starting all 16 games. He tied his career high with 89 tackles, added three sacks and had a pair of interceptions, and his versatility — able to cover like a cornerback and tackle like a safety — is clearly appealing.“It’s a passing league and everyone is trying to create mismatches in the secondary,” Chiefs general manager Brett Veach said. “Just when you think you have enough corners you have to start moving them to safety, but I certainly think you are starting to see that trend of guys projecting corners to safeties and getting as many cover guys on the field as possible.”The money the Chiefs intend to give “the Honey Badger” is roughly what they freed up Sunday, when they released pass rusher Justin Houston after failing to drum up trade interest in him.Houston was due $15.25 million this season and carried a salary cap hit of $21.1 million, and the decision to release him freed up about $14 million. That allowed the Chiefs to actively pursue Mathieu while still giving them enough salary cap space to address other areas of their defense.The Chiefs are switching from a base 3-4 defense to a 4-3 system under new coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, and that means some of their old personnel doesn’t quite fit. The Chiefs used the franchise tag on top pass rusher Dee Ford, but they continue to listen to potential trade offers.In the meantime, they are eyeing free agency and the draft to add an edge rusher, upgrade at middle linebacker and improve their secondary. Kendall Fuller was solid in his first season in Kansas City, but fellow cornerback Steven Nelson is a free agent and things are shaky further down the depth chart.The Chiefs also were intent on finding a safety to pair with Eric Berry, who missed most of last season with a mysterious foot injury. Berry carries a massive salary-cap hit, but the Chiefs missed out on Landon Collins in free agency and appear content to keep him on the roster.If he’s healthy, Berry and Mathieu would form one of the AFC’s best safety duos.“We are comfortable with where we are with our players,” Veach said. “We have a plan in place for these guys and no one is more excited to get back at this thing than Eric.”Anything would be an upgrade on last season, when the Chiefs allowed a league-worst 425.6 yards and 35.3 points per game. The defense ultimately let down Kansas City when it mattered most, failing to get off the field in overtime in an AFC title game loss to the New England Patriots.Defensive coordinator Bob Sutton was fired within days, the Chiefs quickly hired Spagnuolo, and now they are beginning to piece together what they hope is a vastly improved unit before next season.“One great thing about Steve is he is going to put players in positions to make plays and I don’t think he is going to be pigeonholed into any one idea or concept,” Veach said. “We have a great coaching staff. We certainly have some talent on our roster now and hopefully we will add some more here soon.”
Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Max Allegri has been linked with the benches of Manchester United, Real Madrid, Arsenal, Tottenham and now also Bayern Munich. The former Juventus boss is biding his time before starting a new adventure, having ended his spell in Turin with five consecutive Serie A titles. According to the Corriere dello Sport, Allegri is the prime candidate for the Bayern Munich job if the Germans sack Niko Kovac. That is more than a possibility after a shock 5-1 defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt this weekend. Allegri would be the third Italian tactician to lead Bayern after Giovanni Trapattoni and Carlo Ancelotti. Meanwhile, Manchester United are also seriously considering the axe for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer following another dismal Premier League showing, a defeat to Bournemouth on Saturday.
Tawfik Ali put Yemen in front with an opportunistic strike in the 63rd minute after the Azkals failed to clear a corner.With a second straight draw against the Yemenis, the Azkals improved to eight points, two ahead of Tajikistan and Yemen.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe Tajiks are ahead of Yemen on goal difference after beating Nepal, 3-0, in Dushanbe for their second straight winWhile the result didn’t clinch the Azkals an Asian Cup berth, it could ultimately prove crucial as the Filipinos next face Nepal in Kathmandu on Nov. 14.A victory in the Nepalese capital will seal qualification for the Azkals with a game to spare as Yemen will still play Tajikistan in Dushanbe. View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ As proven in last month’s 2-2 draw in Bacolod, the Yemenis were always quick to punish the Azkals for their mistakes.And it was an error from Dennis Villanueva that nearly handed the Yemenis the lead four minutes before the break.Villanueva sent his pass out of defense straight at Ala Al-Sasi who took a first time shot from 25 yards only to be denied by the crossbar. The follow up from Al-Matari was weak with Neil Etheridge quick to collect.The Azkals opened the second half with another half chance, but the ball from Ott to Younghusband inside the area was a tad too heavy.The woodwork rescued the Azkals for the second time in the 56th minute when Nabil Hazaea found space in the area and had Etheridge beaten. Two minutes later, Kane had to clear Ali’s header off a corner kick off the line.Yemen finally got its reward just three minutes after the hour mark when Ali poked the ball home after the ball ricocheted off Mulders inside the area.Needing a response, the Azkals quickly brought more men forward with little effect until substitute Junior Muñoz showed grit and determination as he marauded down the right and cut the ball back for Younghusband who took a touch for Mulders.Mike Ott did a fine job staying onside before showing composure to finish as the Azkals summoned their never-say-die spirit to inch closer to a first Asian Cup appearance in 2019. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims LATEST STORIES FILE PHOTO – Mike Ott. Photo by tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMike Ott struck in the 89th minute as the Philippines salvaged a 1-1 draw with Yemen early Wednesday to stay on top of Group F of AFC Asian Cup Qualifying at Al Wakrah Stadium in Doha, Qatar.The Azkals struggled to break down the Yemenis for most of the match until Ott, who plays for Angthong United in the Thai first division, got on the end of a clever ball from Paul Mulders and beat Mohammad Ayash at his near post for the equalizer.ADVERTISEMENT Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim With four regular starters out due to injuries, Azkals coach Thomas Dooley was forced to improvise with his lineup.JPV Marikina defender Sean Kane was a surprise starter at central defense in his Azkals debut, while Davao Aguilas’ Simone Rota returned from injury and Daisuke Sato regained his leftback spot.Manny Ott’s absence meant Pika Minegishi was deployed up front with Phil Younghusband placed in an advanced role at midfield.The Azkals came out with more energy and vigor in the opening exchanges but the Yemenis’ speed on attack always posed a threat.Mike Ott forced a corner in the second minute with a deflected effort off a pass from Phil Younghusband.But other than that early opportunity, the Azkals were left wanting in the final third.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Folayang, Nguyen set friendship aside for ONE lightweight title bout Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd centre-back Maguire: Leicester should be happy with dealby Freddie Taylor16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveHarry Maguire says Leicester were reluctant for him to join Manchester United.United made Maguire the world’s most expensive defender when they paid the Foxes £80m for his signature. And Maguire says the deal was good for both parties.”[The fee] doesn’t bother me at all,” Maguire told Inside United. “It’s something that I can’t affect. Leicester wanted to keep me and they are in a great position as a club.”Manchester United wanted to buy me and they came to an agreement. It’s probably a good deal for both parties and it’s something now where I want to concentrate on my football.”
Explore further Citation: The future of reality (2018, January 29) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-future-reality.html Even standard virtual reality (VR) is really just putting a screen super close to your eyes. Yes, it’s much more immersive, but you still can’t really touch virtual objects.Put another way, the physical world and the digital world have been quite separate. And this is precisely why things like Nintendo’s Labo are quite ground breaking when we think about reality. They bring the digital world into the physical in a way that’s immersive and touchable.Augmented virtualityWhile Labo brings the digital into the physical world, companies like Melbourne’s Opaque Space are bringing the physical into the digital. Starting out in the VR space, Opaque is now pushing the boundaries in an already cutting-edge space. Opaque’s current project is Earthlight: Lunar Mission, which is just what it sounds like. You’re on the Moon, working together with other players to complete realistic missions.In September last year, Opaque showed off Lunar Mission at the Tokyo Games Show, which is one of the biggest and most important games expos in the world. Unsurprisingly, there were lines out the door waiting to try it.Clearly, Lunar Mission is incredibly cool just on its own. But the technology Opaque is using to do it is even more exciting. Opaque CEO Emre Deniz described the project to me as “augmented virtuality” or “location-based VR”. This means Lunar Mission is using physical objects to provide haptic feedback in the virtual environment. The experience is also location aware because it knows where all the objects are as well as all the players.In other words, you can actually touch and manipulate virtual objects (including other players), because their physical counterparts have been mapped into the game.The real combines with the virtualLast year, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was already predicting that smartphones would become glasses by 2022. What he’s really saying is that, in 4 years, our primary way of interfacing with the real will be through the virtual.We live in interesting times indeed. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Think you know reality? Think again! In 2018, digital technologies are moving into the physical world. Provided by Particle This article first appeared on Particle, a science news website based at Scitech, Perth, Australia. Read the original article. Nintendo thinks inside the box with cardboard Switch accessory Nintendo excited and surprised everyone with their recent launch of Nintendo Labo—”a new line of interactive build-and-play experiences”.Labo brings together an unexpected combination: cardboard creations you build yourself and Nintendo’s latest video game console, the Switch. The Switch itself has already innovated in the console space.Unlike all consoles before it, the Switch can be used at home with a television or can be used as a portable device. The Switch also features two removable controllers with very precise motion feedback, so games like 1-2-Switch can be played based on feeling what’s happening rather than just looking at a screen.Labo builds on this physical, tactile ability of the Switch by adding cardboard-based props. Labo also signals an important shift in the way we experience technology. And, perhaps, even reality.Reality shiftSo far, our general experience of digital technology is through flat, two-dimensional screens. The internet, social media, phones, computers, TV, games— all have things we look at but can’t really touch or feel. So, none of these technologies are really that immersive.
Faced with this scale of loss, some companies want to step up their defenses. Firms with sophisticated technology systems know what’s needed to protect their customers, networks and valuable trade secrets. They also likely have employees with the skills to track down hackers and penetrate the attackers’ own systems. But the ethics and implications of justifying a cyberattack as defensive get very complicated very quickly.It’s often unclear, for example, exactly who is behind an attack – uncertainty that can last for days, months or even years. So who should the hack-back target? What if a privately owned U.S. company believed that it was under attack from a firm owned by the Chinese government? If it hacked back, would that be an act of war between the countries? What should happen to repair corporate and international relations if the company was wrong and its attacker was somewhere else? Companies shouldn’t be empowered to start global cyber conflicts that could have dire consequences, but online and offline.Of course, it’s also important to think about what might happen if other countries allow their companies to hack back against U.S. government or corporate efforts. More U.S. firms could fall victim to cyberattacks as a result, and might find little legal recourse.Engaging with the lawAt the moment, hacking back is illegal, in the U.S. and in many nations around the world. In the U.S., the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act makes it a crime to access another computer without authorization. Every member of the G-7, including the U.S., as well as Thailand and Australia, has banned hacking back. In 2018, more than 50 countries – but not the U.S. – signed an agreement that private firms based in their nations are not allowed to hack back.However, supporters of active defensive tactics are pushing their message hard. The Republican Party’s 2016 presidential platform promised to ensure “users have a self-defense right to deal with hackers as they see fit.” In March 2018, the Georgia state legislature passed a bill to permit “active defense measures that are designed to prevent or detect unauthorized computer access.” Two months later, then-Gov. Nathan Deal vetoed it, at the urging of technology firms concerned about its “national security implications and other potential ramifications.” Had it become law, Georgia’s bill would still likely have run afoul of federal law. However, lawmakers in Washington have also proposed letting companies engage in certain types of active defense. In 2017, U.S. Rep. Tom Graves, a Georgia Republican, proposed the Active Cyber Defense Certainty Act, which would let companies engage in certain active defense measures, including conducting surveillance on prospective attackers, provided that the firm informed the FBI first and that the action did not threaten “public health or safety.” The bill died and has not yet been reintroduced; it’s not likely to get far in the new Democratic House.Active defense remains illegal in the U.S. and much of the world. But the bans are not being enforced at home or abroad.Going globalNot every country has banned hacking back. Singapore, for example, has been permitting local firms to engage in active defense measures in an effort to prevent, detect, or counter specific threats to its critical infrastructure, including the financial industry. Other nations, such as France, do not wish to see the private sector out front, but are still keen to keep active defense as an option for governments. The more countries allow active defense, the more likely everyone – in the U.S. and around the world – is to become a cyberattack victim. Instead of deterring attacks, aggressive active defense increases the possibility of the lights going out, or American voting machines returning inaccurate results. Organizations can and should be encouraged to take passive defense measures, like gathering intelligence on potential attackers and reporting intrusions. But in my view they should be discouraged – if not prevented – from acting aggressively, because of the risk of destabilizing corporate and international relations. If the quest for cyber peace degenerates into a tit-for-tat battle of digital vigilantism, global insecurity will be greater, not less. Provided by The Conversation The deluge of cyberattacks sweeping across the world has governments and companies thinking about new ways to protect their digital systems, and the corporate and state secrets stored within. For a long time, cybersecurity experts have erected firewalls to keep out unwanted traffic and set up decoy targets on their networks to distract hackers who do get in. They have also scoured the internet for hints about what cybercriminals might be up to next to better protect themselves and their clients. Defending against cyberattacks by giving attackers ‘false hope’ Citation: How far should organizations be able to go to defend against cyberattacks? (2019, February 15) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-02-defend-cyberattacks.html Who’s really on the other side? Credit: Yakobchuk Viacheslav/Shutterstock.com Explore further Now, though, many leaders and officials are starting to think about stepping up their defensive activities, by taking more active measures. An extreme option within this field of active defense is sometimes called “hacking back” into an adversary’s systems to get clues about what they’re doing, shut down the attack or even delete data or otherwise damage an attacker’s computers.I have been researching the benefits and drawbacks of various active defense options with Danuvasin Charoen of the Thai National Institute of Development Administration and Kalea Miao, an undergraduate Cox scholar at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business. We have found a surprising number and variety of firms – and countries – exploring various ways to be more proactive in their cybersecurity practices, often with little fanfare. Getting activeOn the surface, it might seem like the proverb is right: “The best defense is a good offense.” The damage from cyberattacks can be enormous: In May 2017, a single incident, the WannaCry cyber attack, affected hundreds of thousands of systems around the world and caused more than US$4 billion in lost productivity and data recovery costs. One month later, another attack, called NotPetya, cost global shipping giant Maersk $300 million and reduced the company to relying on the Facebook-owned WhatsApp messaging system for official corporate communications. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.