Cyberwar Paradox

(FTB stderr) – Marcus Ranum:

I pointed this problem out during my “cyberwar is bullshit” talk at RSA conference in 2012: once you begin using your cyberweapons, they become subject to commercial pressures: and competitive analysis.

This guarantees that cyberweapons will have (relatively) short lifespans, and they’ll have the same problem that copy-protect and other digital rights management systems have: in order to work, you have to give them to the enemy, which means they are subject to examination and dissection. The cost of innovation is borne by the designer of the system, and once the system is widely fielded, it can be completely mooted by a single attacker. …

stderr 2017/06/09 security-paradox

Torpig botnet takeover

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