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Go Ahead, Hackers. Make. My. Day.

A new security-based system, available for purchase later this year, will stop a cyberattack on your computer…and then launch a counterattack.

Article written by guest writer Kecia Lynn

What’s the Latest Development?

Anyone who’s ever had their personal computer or business network hacked is probably familiar with a certain set of helpless questions: “How did this happen? Why did this happen? Who’s responsible? How can I get my hands on them?” When it comes to those last two questions, CAT Inc. claims that its new security-based system, announced this week, will get those answers for you.  Not only will it defend your machines from hackers, it will retaliate against them.

What’s the Big Idea?

The system uses OT-OCN technology to identify attempts at hacking. It “lets users know whenever a hacker goes after them. It then informs users how a hacker’s attempted attack was stopped and where the attack originated from. The security system then goes from being a guard to a hit man” and attacks the hacker. In addition, CAT states in its news release that its product “removes delays and ‘online traffic congestion,’ making it faster and easier for users as they navigate the Internet.” So not only do customers get improved Internet access, they get the safety that comes with having a personal cyber-watchdog whose bite is even better than its bark. The system will be available for purchase later this year.

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