The Japanese are taking efforts to ensure the safety of their systems against cyber attacks. Japan Government has entrusted Fujitsu Ltd., one of it's major technology giants, in developing a virus for tracking down the source of cyber attacks and for nullifying their effect. This cyber defense weapon is a result of a three year project that has costed the government a sum of 179 million yen ($2.3 million), as reported by the Yomiuri Shimbun.
Japanese computers have suffered multiple attacks throughout 2011. Their ystems in the embassies and the consulates were infected with viruses in nine countries. In September 2011, there was news about Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, the Japan's arms suppliers coming under cyber attack. Following which, Japan's Parliament was also attacked through the emails from the China-based server. It is also being said that US and China are already using such 'cyber weapons'. So, it is only apparent that the Japan Government is taking steps to secure it's intellectual property, which is of prime importance to any country.
The Government will have to go a little out of the way to get things done; primarily because it is not legal to develop viruses in Japan. Some minor amendments to the laws will have to be done, about which of course the government won't think twice about looking at the larger picture of national security. Right now, this virus is undergoing tests in a closed environment. It will become effective once it's potential and applications are examined.
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