Japanese government to create and maintain defensive malware

The Japanese Defense Ministry will create and maintain cyber-weapons in the form of malware that it plans to use in a defensive capacity.

Once created, these malware strains, consisting of viruses and backdoors, will become Japan’s first-ever cyber-weapon, Japanese media reported earlier this week, citing a government source [123].

The malware is expected to be finished by the end of the current fiscal year and will be created by contractors, and not government employees, a source familiar with the situation told ZDNet.

No official details are available about what the malware’s capabilities will be or the exact scenarios in which the government plans to use it, although a graph released by the government suggests the malware will only be used when Japanese institutions will be under attack, and only against the attacker.

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Source: ZDNet