Japan developing cyber weapon: Report

Japan has been developing a virus that could track down the source of a cyber attack and neutralise its programme.

Tokyo: Japan has been developing a virus that
could track down the source of a cyber attack and neutralise
its programme.

The weapon is the culmination of a 179 million yen (USD
2.3 million) three-year project entrusted by the government to
technology maker Fujitsu Ltd to develop a virus and equipment
to monitor and analyse attacks, the Yomiuri Shimbun daily
reported on Sunday.

The United States and China are reported to have put
so-called cyber weapons into practical use, Yomiuri said.

Japan will have to make legal amendments to use a cyber
weapon as it could violate the country`s law against the
manufacture of a computer virus, the daily said.

In November, a computer system run by about 200 Japanese
local governments was struck.

In October, Japan`s parliament came under cyber attack,
apparently from the same emails linked to a China-based server
that have already hit several lawmakers` computers.

It was also reported that Japanese computers at embassies
and consulates in nine countries were infected with viruses in
the summer.

Currently, the virus is being tested in a "closed
environment" to examine its applicable patterns.

PTI