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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    Jason, 1 May 2009 @ 3:54pm

    Re: Volunteer Army

    Well, let's set your thinking straight. Even a voluntary botnet would mean that client software would be pushed out to volunteers, which in turn could be easily compromised by enemies or just plain jerks to be used against us.

    The idea that a botnet using DDOS attacks would even be beneficial is ass-backwards. The Col. seems well-intended but not well informed.

    He says that we must abandon a fortress mentality, and then he proposes tactics based on a fortress mentality.

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