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Japan develops virus to counter cyber-attacks: But can it be used?
The Japanese Ministry of Defense has revealed its latest project to tackle hacking: a ’seek and destroy’ virus designed to track and disable the source of cyber-attacks.
The project, launched in 2008, cost $2.3 million over three years. Several companies competed for the contract, but Fujitsu was eventually commissioned to develop the new ‘cyberweapon’.
The virus has already undergone testing in a closed network environment.
Unfortunately, Japan’s Ministry of Defense still has several hurdles to jump before this project can be utilised.
Current Japanese legislation prohibits an ‘offensive’ retaliation to cyber-attacks, meaning that the current laws will need to be updated before the cyberweapon could be used.
Equally, creating a virus of this sort would violate a clause banning virus production in the Criminal Code.
Japan develops virus to counter cyber-attacks: But can it be used? | ZDNet
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