Super-dooper Software Snoopers

The armed forces are always keen to leverage technologies that can save them the risk of putting human operatives into the field, and the US Air Force is no exception. Hence their stated interest in developing ‘cyber craft’ – discreet electronic entities that could rove the networks of the world seeking out data, keeping field operatives up to date with split second intelligence on the enemy. Of course, there will be risks associated with releasing such agents into cyberspace, the most obvious one being what will happen to them once their job is done. ‘Fire and forget’ technologies have rarely lived up to their name in the past.