Japan working on a defensive cyber weapon -

The Japanese equivalent of Q is apparently working on a bit of code which would act like a cyber army and track, identify, waterboard and disable sources of cyber-attacks.

According to the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper, development of the virtual cyberweapon was launched in 2008. Since then, the weapon has been tested in a closed network environment.

It is assumed that such cyberweapons are already in use in countries such as the United States and China, but Japan has a few legal problems deploying the weapon.

After World War II, Japan has some pretty tough rules on who it is able to invade and there are no provisions on the use of cyberweapons.

This means that the Defense Ministry and Foreign Ministry have begun legislative consideration about how to use the virus.

While that happened, the Defense Ministry's Technical Research and Development Institute, which is in charge of weapons development, outsourced the project to Fujitsu.

Three years later the virus is ready to defend Japan from North Korea, er, the rest of the world.

The technology has the interesting ability to trace cyber-attack sources and can find the immediate source of threats, but also can "springboard" computers used to transmit the virus.

It disables these and collects relevant information on the attacker. It could also shut down DdoS attacks and bring an end to the reign of low-tech hacks.