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Japan is developing a computer virus to fight cyberattacks

Japan is developing a computer virus to fight cyberattacks (Innovation and Research)

According to a report in the Japan Times, the Japanese Defense Ministry is considering creating “its first ever computer virus… as a defense measure against cyberattacks.” Sources in the know have apparently told reports that the Defense Ministry is considering thinking of getting private companies to develop the malware by next March. To “break into a computer system, hoping such a computer virus could work as a deterrent against cyberattacks.” The malware, a ministry source told the Japan Times, would not be used for pre-emptive attacks but instead used for defensive purposes. A virus is a piece of executable code that can replicate itself, perhaps by injecting itself into other computer programs or an area of your computer which stores code that gets executed. If Japan’s defensive virus needs an urgent bugfix when it’s out in the field, would you release another virus to try and catch up with it to apply the patch?

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