Re: [ISN] Govt working on defensive cyberweapon / Virus can trace, disable sources of cyber-attacks

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Thu, 5 Jan 2012 01:47:00 -0600 (CST)
Forwarded from: security curmudgeon <jericho (at)>

: The Yomiuri Shimbun
: Jan. 3, 2012
: The Defense Ministry is in the process of developing a computer virus
: capable of tracking, identifying and disabling sources of cyber-attacks,
: The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned.
: The development of the virtual cyberweapon was launched in 2008. Since
: then, the weapon has been tested in a closed network environment.

This goes back to the 10+ year old debate around "strike back" 
technology. First, it is illegal to 'hack back', automated or not. 
Second, they do not have a foolproof way to automatically hop back 
through compromised computers to detect the origin of an attack. Third, 
there is no way anyone can invent such a technology based on today's 

They likely have this working in a small controlled lab with a fraction 
of the variables that would be encountered on the Internet. With 
real-world scenarios, this thing will fall on its face quickly and cause 
more problems than it solves.

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Received on Wed Jan 04 2012 - 23:47:00 PST

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