Japan developing cyber weapon: report
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Japan has been developing a virus that could track down the source of a cyber attack and neutralise its programme.
The weapon is the culmination of a 179 million yen (USD 2.3 million) three-year project entrusted by the government to technology maker Fujitsu Ltd to develop a virus and equipment to monitor and analyse attacks, the Yomiuri Shimbun daily
The United States and China are reported to have put so-called cyber weapons into practical use, Yomiuri said.
Japan will have to make legal amendments to use a cyber weapon as it could violate the country's law against the manufacture of a computer virus, the daily said.
In November, a computer system run by about 200 Japanese local governments was struck.
In October, Japan's parliament came under cyber attack, apparently from the same emails linked to a China-based server that have already hit several lawmakers' computers.
It was also reported that Japanese computers at embassies and consulates in nine countries were infected with viruses in the summer.
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