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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    nasch, 1 May 2009 @ 10:48am

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    We don't allow unsafe, poorly maintained cars on our roads nor do we allow unsafe planes to fly our skies. So why should we allow poorly maintained, vulnerable computers on our internet infrastructure?

    Because people don't die when a PC* isn't properly maintained.

    * meaning something sitting on someone's desk, no need to talk about nuclear control systems, hospital computers, aircraft control computers, etc.

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