Japan reportedly has paid Fujitsu $2.3 million to build a self-replicating assassin squad — a computer virus it can set loose in the network to track down and eliminate other viruses.
Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun reported that the Defense Ministryâ€™s Technical Research and Development Institute began developing the anti-viral virus in 2008. The government agency in charge of weapons development paid the heavy industries firm $2.3 million (178.5 million Yen) to create a virus that can analyze cyberattacks and even identify their source.
It sounds like an answer to Stuxnet or Duqu — cyberweapons so potent that one security official called them â€œthe hydrogen bomb of cyberwarfare.â€ And the cyberwar is clearly heating up, said Dave Aitel, president and CEO of security firm Immunity Inc.
â€œStuxnet was just the beginning,â€ Aitel told FoxNews.com. â€œSelf-replicating code is an important part of any national arsenal â€¦ the Japanese are just getting started.â€
The cyberdefense tool would be able to trace an attack to its source, the paper reported, along the way disabling it and collecting key information. Such a tool is a clear escalation in online warfare, said Jeff Bardin, chief security strategist for Treadstone 71.
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