Japan steps it up a notch in the cyber war arena. Apparently the Japanese government has hired IT product giant Fujitsu to create a cyberweapon virus that will automatically seek out and destroy enemy viruses:
“The three-year project was launched in fiscal 2008 to research and test network security analysis equipment production. The Defense Ministry’s Technical Research and Development Institute, which is in charge of weapons development, outsourced the project’s development to a private company. Fujitsu Ltd. won the contract to develop the virus, as well as a system to monitor and analyze cyber-attacks for 178.5 million yen.”
That’s a cool 2.3 million to create an offensive cyber defense system that will not only detect an attack, but will backtrack and seek out the attacker, even when attackers bounce through several proxy systems. According to the article the “virus” will disable the incoming attack and record forensics data.
The defensive program almost acts like a human immune system tracking down and weeding out invading viruses. Systems like these are needed when facing the latest advanced threats.
Actually computer scientists and engineers are currently studying the human immune system to try to replicate it for computer defense.
Though automated cyber defense systems are classified, from what public data is available the US has had this capability for at least a couple of years now. US computer security company Rsignia comes to mind immediately. Rsignia creates cutting edge security devices used by the US government and in the US-CERT Einstein program.
We covered Rsignia’s Cyberscope automated offensive cyber weapon system back in 2010.
Cyberscope has the ability to detect and automatically counterattack incoming threats. It has several options that it can use in response. For example it can simply shut the attacking stream down or intercept the data that it being ex-filtrated, manipulate it, and feed it back to the attack. Or better yet, it can even infect the proxy machines used and turn them into bots to counter attack the infiltrator.
These were the capabilities openly discussed in mid-2010, who knows how far the US has advanced since.