A hacker's match: virus vs. virus

By | January 5, 2012
Some day soon, you won't know if you've been infected by a virus or an antibody – your antivirus will pick up both, and you probably won't be able to guess whether it's a good virus or a bad virus. But you'll have to trust someone's opinion who tells you if it was good or bad virus, and I'm not sure who that someone will be – the government would be an obvious choice, but falling confidence in today's governments (at least in the western world) undermine such efforts.

The concept itself isn't all that novel: adenoviruses (viruses that are modified to help you get better by attacking bad cells) have been shown experimentally to be a potent solution to certain medical issues, so why not send a cyber virus after other cyber viruses?

Japan Fights Virus With Virus
The Japanese government is developing a computer virus to track down the source of a cyber-attack and neutralize it, underscoring the seriousness of the threat.

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