When You Put The Military In Charge of 'Cyberdefense', Don't Be Surprised They Want To Go On The Offensive

from the uh,-we're-going-to-need-lots-of-bombs dept

A US Air Force officer says that America should build a military botnet and go on the offensive, so the system acts as a deterrent against future attacks. Who would be attacked? According to the BBC, "he argues that if a computer owner has failed to use anti-virus software and install the latest security patches, that machine may be a legitimate military target." Wow. So not having anti-virus software makes it okay for the military to attack any computer? Why stop there? Why not just blow the thing up, if it is indeed a "legitimate military target"? If these are the sorts of strategies that the military sees for cybersecurity -- which the officer has called "carpet bombing in cyberspace" -- perhaps we'd be better off with somebody else heading up the efforts.

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    Chronno S. Trigger, 1 May 2009 @ 9:02am

    I always wanted

    I always wanted to create a virus that would search out unprotected computers, infest it, infest all the other computers in the area it could find then install an anti-virus program like AVG. It doesn't even have to be a complex virus since the ones it's targeting don't have anti-virus to begin with.

    Maybe the US government trying to create it's own malware would be reason enough for some white hat with actual programing skills to create this. You know, help prevent possible international incidents and help millions of people at the same time.

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