Cyber weapons pose a significant threat to a nation’s ability to protect itself and to wage war and to prevent significant attacks from the web, Japan in conjunction with Fujitsu is developing a virus that could track down the source of a cyber attack and neutralize its code.
The weapon is the culmination of a 179 million yen ($2.3 million) three-year project to develop a virus and equipment to monitor and analyze attacks. U.S and china have put so-called cyber weapons into practical use.
Tracing the source of cyber-attacks is notoriously difficult, mainly because attackers routinely hide behind botnets and anonymous proxies to launch attacks, such as denial of service assaults.
Getting this right is a far from trivial process and the potential for collateral damage, even before hackers develop countermeasures, appears to be considerable. Another problem is that, if the tool is ever released, it could fall into the hands of miscreants who might reverse-engineer it before adapting it for their own nefarious purposes.
Japan will have to make legal amendments to use a cyber weapon as it could violate the country’s law against the manufacture of a computer virus. In November a computer system run by about 200 Japanese local governments was struck.
In October, Japan’s parliament came under cyber attack, 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. It was also reported that Japanese computers at embassies and consulates in nine countries were infected with viruses in the summer.
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