Japan Building a Cyber-Weapon which Traces and Disables Cyber-Attack

January 5, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

The Defense Ministry of Japan is working on a virus which will defend the country against cyber attacks from the rest of the world.  Apparently, the virus can identify not only the immediate source of attack, but also all springboard computers that are used to transmit the virus.

The virus has the ability to disable the attacking program and collect relevant information as well. According to Yomiuri Shimbun, the development of the virtual cyber weapon was launched in 2008.

Since then, the weapon has been tested in a closed network environment. The project was outsourced to a private company, Fujitsu, for 178.5 million yen.

Test runs in closed networks have helped the ministry to confirm the cyber-weapon’s functionality and compile data on cyber-attack patterns. Cyber-weapons are said to be already in use in countries such as the United States and China.

But there is no provision in Japan on the use of cyber-weapons against external parties in existing legislation on foreign attacks. This means that the Defense Ministry and Foreign Ministry have begun legislative consideration about how to use the virus.

Sources say the program can identify the source of a cyber-attack to a high degree of accuracy for distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, and some attacks aimed at stealing information stored in target computers. Low tech hacks are set to die hard, it seems.

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