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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    Ben Matthews, 1 May 2009 @ 9:59am

    The article

    Is quoted out of context. The person interviewed specifically stated it would be used on other countries against other computers harming us. The legitimate military target means that someone attacking us, which isn't fully protected, would make a good target for the botnet. And the scarecrow argument used by Carlo just drives up the rage even more.

    Read the article fellas. He makes a proper argument that warfare nowadays could easily involve who can keep their information systems running more effeciently than the other guy.

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