Air Force classifies cybersecurity tools as weapons
While the U.S. Air Force and other military branches have for a number of years been developing and using a host of cyber tools with offensive capabilities, only this week have a number of these tools been officially classified as weapons. Six unnamed tools have been classified as weapons by the Air Force, a general announced at a Colorado Springs conference Monday. What to the tools are and do has not been made public. The weapons classification is, above all, an effort to get more funding for these cyber tools.
"It is a semantic move that has little, if anything, to do with the tools themselves or how they're used," noted The Kapersky Lab Security News Service: