Mike Rogers Wants To Buy Cyber Weapons 'Off The Shelf'

The head of US Cyber Command and the NSA, Mike Rogers (pictured), has talked about the US buying cyber-weapons from arms manufacturers.

"In the application of kinetic functionality, weapons, we go to the private sector and say, 'Build this thing we call a joint directed-attack munition, a Tomahawk land-attack munition.' he said.

"On the offensive side, to date, we have done almost all of our weapons development internally. And part of me goes, five to ten years from now is that a long-term sustainable model? Does that enable you to access fully the capabilities resident in the private sector? I'm still trying to work my way through that, intellectually."

Businesses already flog exploits, security vulnerability details, spyware, and similar stuff to US intelligence agencies, and Rogers is clearly considering stepping that trade up a notch.

Already, Third World countries are buying from cyber-weapons arms manufacturers. This suggests that the US will be doing that in the future. 

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