F-Secure sez: cyber-weapons are a fake target

Security workers fighting against the new “cyber-weapon” malware? They are wasting their time on something that’s not that important, at least according to the F-Secure analyst Sean Sullivan: the real issue for computer security is elsewhere, Sullivan said.

The Finnish company analyst stated that “defining what a cyber weapon is, is next to impossible”: computer threats like Stuxnet, Flame, Gauss and others aren’t “weapons”, Sullivan suggested, they just are “code and tech” and “what you do with it” is the only thing that matters.

Sullivan highlighted the fact that the number of systems infected by these “cyber-threats” is pretty small, “a few thousands at most” and so “state actors” that are supposedly making this new kind of malware "aren’t something most people should worry about".

The analyst suggested that security companies and experts should focus more on the real threat cyber-crime has become for computers and the net economy, while he warned about the long-term consequences that state-sponsored worms, trojans and backdoors will have on the aforementioned cyber-crime.

Cyber-criminals will surely take inspiration from the new attack means like the Microsoft certificate spoofing performed by Flame, Sullivan said, so cyber-weapons “won’t have an immediate effect today” but in the not-so-distant future they will become part of the tools used by for-profit malware writers.

Source: V3.co.uk

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Shadowzz said,
a gun is not a weapon either!
they just are “metal and tech” and “what you do with it” is the only thing that matters.
Sarcasm aside, you're actually correct. A 'gun' (obviously no military experience on your end) is a tool. You hunt with tools, do you not? Have you ever studied anthropology? There are hunting tools (spears, knives, rocks, arrows, etc.) which are used to hunt animals. Some are also used to dress the animal. They aren't referred to as weapons but rather, tools.

Is a machete a tool when you're using it to hack down some vines? Or are you assaulting the vine in a violent manner with the intent to cause severe harm/death? That same tool can also be used to hack a persons face. At that point it becomes a weapon.

See how that works? Pretty neat huh?

It seems pretty apparent that detecting, removing and consulting on cyber weapons is going to be a growing industry, any expert looking to make a small fortune would be pretty smart to get on it tbh.

In any case, Cyber weapons or threats might only affect 1% of all computing on the planet but governments and transnational corporates in alot of industries are not going to want to chance it.

Ask Dot Kom what happend to him? They said they shut him down also because he had a weapon that would wipe out every server? Who ever thought of this must have been really high.