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Ikatako Virus Replaces Victims' Files With Pictures of Squid 105

Posted by timothy
from the c-before-n-except-before-q dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Ikatako is a virus that spreads through Japanese P2P network Winny, aided by the pirates' lack of wit. Once downloaded and run, the virus sends their data to a central server and replaces it with cephalopod and cnidarian imagery. Japanese hacker (and virus creator) Masato Nakatsuji thought he wouldn't be arrested this time. However, Japanese police considered the files in Japanese pirates' hard drives to be more important than his manga depictions of octopods and other tentacled fauna."
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Ikatako Virus Replaces Victims' Files With Pictures of Squid

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  • by Trepidity (597) <delirium-slashdotNO@SPAMhackish.org> on Sunday August 15, 2010 @03:54AM (#33255788)

    Screw Japan, free cephalopods!

  • by maweki (999634) on Sunday August 15, 2010 @04:00AM (#33255810) Homepage
    squid pro quo
  • by omar.sahal (687649) on Sunday August 15, 2010 @04:05AM (#33255828) Homepage Journal

    he felt he would not be arrested again because he had created the manga images for Ikatako himself, therefore avoiding a violation of the copyright law.

    If one of the motivations for such people to hack others computers is to prove how smart they are, this is epic fail.
    Perhaps we need to just take the micky out people like this so at least younger kids don't see hacking others computers as a very smart thing to do.

    • All I really wanted from TFA was a picture of the squid.

      I guess this could be the squid in question [scforum.info]

    • There have been and always will be vandals.
    • by Anonymous Coward

      Yes, you are correct. Anyone that shows a deep interest in computers or software, especially the younger generation, should be put in jail. No wait, the death penalty! Yeah, that'll shut 'em up real good. Now everyone can go back to their cookie-cutter life.

    • Re: (Score:1, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward

      > Perhaps we need to just take the micky out people like this so at least younger kids don't see hacking others computers as a very smart thing to do.

      Perhaps we should teach younger kids what "hacking" really mean, so they start naming things for what they really are: property destruction, trespassing or invading in this case.

      And thus, certain people would have one less device to prevent innovation. BTW, and generally speaking, preventing innovation is arguably one form of evil.

      Hacking is just as badly v

  • No pics? (Score:3, Funny)

    by ChrisK87 (901429) on Sunday August 15, 2010 @04:07AM (#33255836)
    The quality of this alleged cephalopod manga is clearly relevant to how serious a crime this is. We need to see these pictures before we can make a judgment.
  • by Gnavpot (708731)

    Sorry, but how is this a YRO issue?

    • by deep9x (1068252) on Sunday August 15, 2010 @04:17AM (#33255870) Homepage
      Well, in TFA it mentions it's the first time that anyone in Japan has been charged with "property destruction" for creating a virus. Also, he created all the images himself so he wouldn't get arrested for copyright infringement. Of course, none of this is made clear in the summary, and I think the latter point is more him being a smartass. I thought maybe he was a mis-aimed White Hat, but no, he was collecting the data from the affected computers as well and just hanging onto it. So, I guess that falls under YRO as a general "computer law" issue, but it's kind of an unnecessary story since it's just a guy getting arrested for making a virus. How original!
      • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

        by Gnavpot (708731)

        Yes, I read TFA too. But the reason for my question was: How is it a YRO issue that you get arrested after making a harmful virus and spreading it. Would anyone here think that this should NOT be punishable?

        As I understand the YRO category, it is mainly used for cases where there is a difference between what we think should be allowed/disallowed/possible, and what authorities/courts/companies/legislators think should be allowed/disallowed/possible. And I see no such difference here.

        Of course it is funny tha

        • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

          by ChrisK87 (901429)
          Perhaps it's because one of "your rights online" is "to not have your files arbitrarily replaced with octopus manga".
        • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

          by Anonymous Coward

          I don't think /. editors should decide on beforehand what I think is right/wrong. This is related to internet laws so it fits in the YRO category.

        • by Bigjeff5 (1143585)

          If you look on the left hand side of the page there, you'll notice there aren't really any other categories for legal stuff, and technically speaking all things related to the legal system have to do your rights.

          So, it may seem like a bit of a stretch, but yes writing a virus that destroys people's files is definitely a YRO issue. For example, if it were legal to write viruses that destroyed people's hard drive, and then Congress passed a law to stop it, would that not be a YRO issue? It seems to fit the

        • IANAJL (I am not a japanese lawywer) but perhaps he made a copy of the files to get around any "property destruction" laws because essentially all he did was "move" the files. And by using his own artwork he avoids any possible infringement laws. And by distributing it on a p2p network he really didn't illegaly access the computer as the user initiated the download themselves, will be interesting to see if they find him guilty of much.
      • The article seems a little unclear as to whether or not destruction of files really took place.

        On the one hand, it says that the files in question could not be recovered from the users' systems since they were overwritten.

        On the other hand, it says that they were uploaded to a central server.

        So were they "destroyed" or not?

        • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

          by Anonymous Coward
          Sounds like a clear case of theft then if the file was basically "moved" to a central server. Most of the time on forums like this people are always arguing how making a copy isn't theft since the original has not been affected or taken. In this case, the original is gone. So it seems to meet the test for "this was theft"...
    • Re: (Score:2, Offtopic)

      by Arancaytar (966377)

      It concerns the violation of your right not to quarter squids on your computer. It's a little known unwritten addendum to the third amendment.

    • by Pikoro (844299)
      I live in Japan you insensitive clod!
  • by tnok85 (1434319) on Sunday August 15, 2010 @04:12AM (#33255858)
    Can you imagine the shock when you open your porn folder to find it's all tentacles... err, I mean, can you imagine the shock when somebody who doesn't post on /. opens their porn folder to find it's all tentacles?
  • PIX! (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward
    What? No pics?
  • by BlindRobin (768267) on Sunday August 15, 2010 @04:33AM (#33255922)
    I suspect that P.Z. Myers hired him or one of his minions of the Pharyngula hoard
    • by MZeora (1707054)
      Wouldn't you think then they would target creationism supporters - or at least guise it with a few randoms?
      4 randoms - then BAM got Ken Ham's HDD full of squiddy goodness.

      I would also suspect 4chan being in on it.
  • by roman_mir (125474) on Sunday August 15, 2010 @05:03AM (#33255998) Homepage Journal

    insane, they TALK about an image in this so called story instead of displaying it!

    Ok, here [fixie-king.dk] are some [gstatic.com] pictures [michaelstarrart.com] to make [coolest-gadgets.com] the story [gstatic.com] worth [wordpress.com] the 5 minutes [ua.adme.ru] /. is going [armsport.am] to waste [svezhak.org.ua] on it.

    • >> insane, they TALK about an image in this so called story instead of displaying it!
      There's a video on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwaAArO_CZw [youtube.com]
      • by roman_mir (125474)

        now that's a son of a bitch, imagine some poor schmucks losing their videos, photos, documents. This Masato Nakatsuji character should harakiri himself before someone else does it. I have created a number of viruses but never released them to unsuspecting audience, it's just mean, and in this case also stupid.

        BTW., that video is actually taken with a camcorder, that's a riot.

  • by sco08y (615665) on Sunday August 15, 2010 @05:13AM (#33256028)

    FTFA:

    A hardened computer hacker has been arrested on suspicion of writing a computer virus that systematically destroys all the files on victims' PCs and replaces them with homemade manga images of squid, octopuses and sea urchins.

    Maybe it's because of his past acts?

    He was collared in 2008 for violating copyright laws by creating a computer virus that replaced data with an anime image. He was serving a suspended sentence for that offense when he was arrested in connection with the latest virus.

    Obviously there's a pattern of acts of mass cartoonery...

    • Re: (Score:1, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Maybe it's because of his past acts?

      Yup, it's because of his past act. Source is asahi.com; they're okay with a presumption of guilt on the second act. It's part of how Japan works. They have an absurdly high conviction rate. Basically, the police interrogate the hell out of the accused, keeping no records and no time limit, until they have a considerable 'confession' to hand to the prosecution, who presents it to a judge, sans jury.

      Admittedly they're /finally/ starting to bitch for recording interrogations

      • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

        by flyneye (84093)

        If only we could send black hats, virus writers and script kiddies everywhere to Japan for proper sorting and disposal.

                   

    • welcome our new cephalapod overlords!
  • by qwerty8ytrewq (1726472) on Sunday August 15, 2010 @05:49AM (#33256112) Journal
    Everything was going swimmingly until he got hooked, line and sinker by the police who smelt something fishy. I wonder if he was acting on behalf of Sid The Squid [independent.co.uk]a thieving octopus who was released early last year from NZ.
  • Release the Kraken

  • I'm currently reading China Mieville's Kraken, so this strikes me as a possible sign of the ends of the world.
  • by synthesizerpatel (1210598) on Sunday August 15, 2010 @06:21AM (#33256170)

    You manage to obscure the actual content of the story by misdirection and lack of information.

    I realize the motivation behind writing 'teaser' articles -- get people to read the full article rather than just the summary.

    But it ends up being like Network News

    "7 things in your pantry that can give you EBOLA... coming up after these commercials!"

    Please stop.

    • by Dunbal (464142) *

      Perhaps you're giving them too much credit and they really are trying to emulate network news - news for retards. See why your local dentist may be more than a mouthful. Coming up next!

    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Thanks, I am glad you enjoyed it. Next time blame the editors who chose to publish it without my witty title... ... and the sentence explaining that he was charged with destruction of "property".

      What's amazing about this case is that the "victims" were actually violating the Japanese law by downloading copyrighted files, while Nakatsuji is not, but the Police has something against "virus" writers and uses whatever unconstitutional and illegal way they can think of to bust them.

      Other than that, the summary d

  • by tai (83156) on Sunday August 15, 2010 @07:16AM (#33256284) Homepage

    Just FYI, many Japanese geeks were amazed by his "pursuit of quality" shown on Japanese TV news.

    [WASTE OF TALENT] On "Excessive quality" of Ika-Tako virus's illustration and character background.
    - http://zeark969.blog38.fc2.com/blog-entry-1668.html [fc2.com]

    Althrough page above is in Japanese, I'd say a picture is worth a thousand words.

  • Else they'll start trying to destroy hardrives with virtual butyric acid

  • Naturally, I couldn't even glance at this headline without thinking of Bruce Schneier. He has written a post on his blog disclaiming responsibility. [schneier.com] On the other hand, if there's anyone at all who can hunt down the perpetrators... this will easily be the most epic cyber-battle ever!

    (From the "don't explain the joke" department: Schneier is a well-respected and, some say, godlike [schneierfacts.com] security expert. He has a tradition or running joke of "Friday Squid Blogging" where he posts something squid-related every Friday

  • by erroneus (253617) on Sunday August 15, 2010 @11:38AM (#33257248) Homepage

    They charged him somewhat improperly the first time and so the criminal was confused about what his REAL crime was.

    Dealing with Japanese people frequently, I encounter similar communications problems in that the most important issues aren't mentioned often enough. Quite frequently, they only mention one reason or one problem or one symptom. For whatever reason, they feel no need to add more for completeness or accuracy. It is interesting to see that they not only do this to me, but they do it to themselves as well. So they charge him the first time on copyright infringement. Naturally, he believes that is the extent of what he did wrong the first time since there was no mention of other crimes in his original charges. So, he does it again...

    The first time I encountered this strange behavior, it was with a Japanese girlfriend. If I asked her to do something and she didn't want to, she would offer a reason why not. And after addressing the concern, she would come up with another reason why not. Eventually, I would get to the core reason(s) why not, but only after persistently digging into the issue. At first, I thought it was just her. But after working with Japanese people extensively, I have found that this is rather common. So when dealing with Japanese users, they might offer up a single problem or symptom omitting any additional information. Naturally, I either assume the problem is one thing that it is not based on the absence of important symptoms described or that it is a new issue not yet encountered before. I know these people are not stupid. But I remain mystified as to how this peculiarity of communication has come to be.

    While I recognize that Japanese culture and communications are strongly tied to context and general assumption of knowledge and understanding, it would seem they are so accustomed to that level of incompleteness of expression that it is simply so engrained into their thinking that it is applied to everything. Often I wonder why so many of their TV shows contain subtitles, but this goes a long way to explaining why.

    In any case, I believe this is a clear case of them doing it to themselves this time! "Oh! So I was arrested for copyright infringement! Okay, so next time I will draw my own pictures and it won't be a problem!" Lovely. Cultural inbreeding....

    • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward

      The first time I encountered this strange behavior, it was with a Japanese girlfriend. If I asked her to do something and she didn't want to, she would offer a reason why not. And after addressing the concern, she would come up with another reason why not. Eventually, I would get to the core reason(s) why not, but only after persistently digging into the issue.

      What place of earth do you live on where women do tell you immediately the core reason behind whatever they refuse to do? Seriously.

      • by erroneus (253617)

        I'll grant that it seems to describe typical female behavior, but it is more extreme than "typical." And after re-reading my own post, I neglected to mention that this behavior is, in fact, in their linguistic patterns as well. To anyone who has learned enough of the language ever notice that they rarely if ever enumerate or list things in their speech? In English, we do it all the time. We do it for the following reasons:

        1. To be clear
        2. To be complete
        3. To illustrate my point

        While there are certainly

  • There's no mention of pirates or piracy in TFA. So why is it in TFS??? It's a red herring.

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