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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    Peaux, 1 May 2009 @ 12:35pm

    RTFA

    In the actual article it is very explicit that an unpatched computer that is attacking should be considered a threat. Who in the hell has a problem with this? If a botnet operator is attacking my company and your computer is part of that botnet because your too much of an imbecile to keep up your patches and protection then I will fight back with everything I have.

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