I read a frightening article sent by Hankers, yesterday.
“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…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.” -
The cyberdefense tool would be able to trace an attack to its source, along the way disabling it and collecting key information. This is obviously answering the Stuxnet virus/Trojan Complex (made for 5 modules) and upping it one. I’m not convinced about the back trace, though since an email sent from, say, Tashkent might have really originated far away from there.
Foxnews puts forward an interesting thought: This could lead to open cyber warfare.
I thought that already was going on, to be honest. Stuxnet certainly bears little resemblance to the “Treaty of Versailles”.
The escalation process is certainly in place, with all the players (and add the criminals, too) working on the next and more/most lethal code.
I’ve fully come to expect to awaken someday and have my computer pull a knife and kill me. I’ve realized the inevitability of human destructiveness, and nothing short of Klatuu and Gort (“The Day The Earth Stood Still”) visiting and flicking the “Off these clowns” switch or The Messiah’s Coming/Second Coming (whichever/if you believe) is going to do much about it.
Now the ‘experts’ are arguing about whether “good worms” will stay good or whether they will mutate into harmful ones if they get loose. Really? I kid you not. Read the article. “They’re necessary for defense”. Where have I heard all this before? Was it the Cold War? Why can’t it just stop?
Seriously. Maybe just put in 10% of all that effort into learning how to live together on this small mudball in peace. Learn how to share, and not ‘take’.
I give up. A hacker with one of these pet worms will put an end to that argument, anyway. Maybe to civilization, as well.
Anyone remember a time when “worms” were something you dug up to fish (not phish) with? And you, in your first “manly” act put it on the little girl’s (the one you were too shy to tell, “I like you”) hook when you went to the lake on your bikes?
It was only a dream. But at least it was sweet.