US Congressman briefed in Austin on latest in cyber warfare technology
Newsroom
10/15/2012

Congressman Michael McCaul visits an Austin cyber-security company today that can teach data, accessed by hackers, to fight back.

The company, Overwatch, goes public today on their efforts to create "cognitive" data. It's a software program that teaches individual files to fight back if they get into the wrong hands. Congressman Michael McCaul, who chairs the Homeland Security Oversight Subcommittee, made the trip to Austin to hear more, "Our government has a great offensive capability.  We need to work on our defensive capabilites to better defend against attacks, as rogue nations like Iran start to get this capability."

McCaul is referring to cyber attacks against US banks that have been linked to Iran. This new software being developed by Overwatch would teach the files to delete themselves and send information identifying the computer trying to gain access. Company officials say it will be available next year.


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