Japanese technology firm Fujitsu is developing a ‘seek and destroy’ virus which could identify and combat hacking and other cyber threats in a more effective way. The weapon is the culmination of a 179 million yen three-year project entrusted by the government to technology maker Fujitsu Ltd to develop a virus and equipment to monitor and analyse attacks, the daily said.
The chief snag for the plan is that Japanese law currently forbids the manufacturing of computer viruses. However, we would suspect that a compromise can be reached in due course, given the project is being carried out in the interest of national security. Japan was a notable victim of hacking in 2011, which proved to be a year in which cyber crimes and threats rose to prominence.
Japan’s parliament had its computer system hacked into, while a number of cyber espionage campaigns including one targeting almost 50 US companies were waged on governments and firms across the globe. Currently, the virus is being tested in a “closed environment” to examine its applicable patterns.