Japan developing cyber weapon: report

Jan 01, 2012

Japan has been developing a virus that could track down the source of a cyber attack and neutralise its programme, the daily Yomiuri Shimbun reported Sunday.

The weapon is the culmination of a 179 million yen ($2.3 million) three-year project entrusted by the government to technology maker to develop a virus and equipment to monitor and analyse attacks, the daily said.

The United States and China are reported to have put so-called cyber weapons into practical use, Yomiuri said.

Japan will have to make legal amendments to use a as it could violate the country's law against the manufacture of a , the daily said.

In November a computer system run by about 200 Japanese local governments was struck.

In October, Japan's parliament came under , apparently from the same emails linked to a China-based server that have already hit several lawmakers' computers.

It was also reported that Japanese computers at embassies and consulates in nine countries were infected with viruses in the summer.

Currently, the virus is being tested in a "closed environment" to examine its applicable patterns.

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Foolish1
1 / 5 (2) Jan 01, 2012
These war analogies twoard securing networks are doing real damage twoard the development of cogent policy by lawmakers with no understanding of underlying technology.

Unlike physical war a good offense has no defensive value of any kind.
ClickHere
not rated yet Jan 03, 2012
Currently, the virus has been released in to the wild to examine its applicable patterns."

Fixed!
mikegonzalez2k
1 / 5 (1) Jan 04, 2012
Have these people not seen Terminator? This sounds like the makings of Skynet.