NEWS FROM THE LAB - Thursday, February 15, 2007

Bomb them from orbit. It's the only way to BE SURE. Posted by Mikko @ 14:16 GMT

We have this cool prototype in the lab that enables us to locate computers that are probing our darknet. We can plot the location of the infected machines over Google Earth and get a feeling of where on the globe these machines are, in real-time.

Google Earth

A little over a year ago, we had a group of US Army Generals visit our labs here in Helsinki. We did a demo of this prototype for them, zooming in on some particular computer to show off the amazing level of detail in Google Earth. One of the Generals made a comment along the lines of "that would be accurate enough to bomb it". Very funny.

Google Earth

Then last week we saw this news piece via Network World:

U.S. cyber counterattack: Bomb 'em one way or the other.
"...the Department of Defense is prepared, based on the authority of the president, to launch a cyber counterattack or an actual bombing of an attack source..."

Oops, hope it wasn't us that gave them the idea…