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Japan ministry will develop computer virus for itself defense

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/NOVOSTIVL/ Japan will develop its first-ever computer virus by next March as a defense measure against cyberattacks, sources familiar with the matter said Monday. This article appeared in the Kyodo.

The Defense Ministry is considering malware that can break into an opponent's computer system, hoping such a computer virus will work as deterrence against cyberattacks, the sources said.

Japan lags behind other countries in addressing the threat of cyberattacks. It plans to increase the number of personnel in its cyberspace unit to 220 from 150, compared with 6,200 in the United States, 7,000 in North Korea and 130,000 in China, according to the ministry.

The virus to be developed by private companies will be used only for defense purpose, not for pre-emptive attack, a ministry source said. The government allows cyberattacks only against a country or an organization equivalent to a country.