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 Cyber viruses represent a significant threat to a Government's ability to protect themselves and make war on the for prevention of significant damage on the web. Japan, in collaboration with Fujitsu is developing a virus that could track down the source of a cyber attack and neutralize its code.

The cyber-weapons is said, are already in use in the United States and China. However, in Japan, not the use of the same against external agents or attacks from outside has legislated. With this in mind, the Japanese Defense Ministry has initiated legislative considerations (known as lobbying, then), in this regard.

The project, with duration of three years, was launched in fiscal year 2008 to investigate and test the security of networks through the Technical Institute of research and development of the Ministry of defence, which is in charge of the development of the weapon. This project was given to an outside company (outsourcing), Fujitsu Ltd., who won the contract to develop the virus as well as the system to monitor and analyse the cyber.

"Seek for destroy" is the official name in the network, which forms part of an initiative where the Japanese Government is your sponsor.

The most important feature of the new virus is the recognized sources of the cyber. You can identify not only the source used as a springboard to transmit the virus. The virus can also disable the attack and collect relevant information. The testing done in closed networks have helped the Ministry to confirm the functionality of the ciber-weapons and compile data on the patterns of the cyber.

The search for the origin of cyber attacks is very difficult, mainly because the attackers usually hide behind the botnet, and anonymous proxies to launch attacks, such as denial of service attacks.

Apparently this weapon of counterattack is in use in countries such as China and United States. However, for some experts in security as Graham Cluley of Sophos, this virus is not such a good idea, for several reasons:

Good viruses also use system resources such as the disk space, memory and CPU time. In a critical system could cause unexpected side effects.
A virus - albeit good - out of control could spread randomly or unexpectedly team to team, which means that it can be difficult to contain.
It will be necessary to update the regular antivirus to protect against good viruses as well as the regular?
A good virus can cause false positives on security software, which would cause loss of time and money, mainly with the IT departments.
All programs, including viruses, contain errors that may have unintended and harmful consequences.

 Tests conducted so far in closed networks allowed confirm their usefulness and compile data on the patterns that are reiterated in the computer attacks.

"Given the situation, there is a high chance that these electronic weapons can not be used against outside parties," and that "its use might be considered a violation of the clause prohibiting the production of the virus, according to the Penal Code".

While the Ministry of defence said that not considering new applications over the purely defensive, some scholars believe that Japan should accelerate the development of computer defenses against cyber-assaults, rethinking the legal definition of "weapon"

Getting this right is far from trivial process and the possibility of collateral damage, even before the hackers to develop countermeasures, appears to be considerable. Another problem is that, if the tool is ever released, it could fall into the hands of criminals could apply reverse engineering before adapting it to their malevolent purposes.

Japan will need to make changes in the law to use a cybernetic gun, because it would violate the laws of the country against the manufacture of a computer virus. In November, a computer system operated by about 200 Japanese local governments was beaten.

In October, Parliament of Japan was the subject of cyber attacks, apparently from the same email linked to a server located in China which already affected teams of several legislators. It was also reported that the Japanese teams in the embassies and consulates in nine countries were infected with the virus in the summer.
source yomiuri onlie