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Japanese Government Tasks Fujitsu with Creating Cyberweapon

Since 2008, the Japanese government has funded the development of cyberweaponry designed to identify, disable, and collect information about malware attacks. The Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper reports that the weapon, which Fujitsu created for the Japanese Defense Ministry’s Technical Research and Development Institute under a ¥178.5 million contract, has been tested in a closed network environment. The weapon, described as a virus that fights viruses, can identify distributed denial-of-service attacks as well as some other types of data-stealing attacks. The Yomiuri Shimbun notes that Japan has no legislation related to using cyberweapons and is discussing it. Malware researcher Graham Cluley of security vendor Sophos notes that the details surrounding the Japanese weapon are “very sketchy” and says it is neither a good idea nor a unique one. He said other researchers have tried creating so-called good viruses with poor results. And, he added, “When you’re trying to gather digital forensic evidence as to what has broken into your network, and what data it may have stolen, it’s probably not wise to let loose a program that starts to trample over your hard drives, making changes.” (The Daily Yomuri)(United Press International)(Sophos Naked Security)

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