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Japanese 13-Year-Old Arrested For Virus Creation 150

Posted by timothy
from the at-least-it's-not-singapore dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Last year, Japan criminalized virus creation and just saving a virus on [one's] own computer. According to Yomiuri Shimbun, Kyoto police have arrested a 13-year-old (Japanese language original), second grade of junior high school student from Tokyo, for allegedly creating a computer shutdown virus and operating an exchange board of hackers. Kyoto police also arrested a 23-year-old construction worker for allegedly teaching how to make a virus on their board and saving a virus on his computer."
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Japanese 13-Year-Old Arrested For Virus Creation

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  • Sony (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 05, 2012 @05:08PM (#40557123)

    Time to go arrest Sony's Execs for their rootkits.

    • by OldSport (2677879)
      About as likely as George Bush arresting Dick Cheney for war crimes.
    • Re:Sony (Score:5, Insightful)

      by kelemvor4 (1980226) on Thursday July 05, 2012 @05:49PM (#40557601)

      Time to go arrest Sony's Execs for their rootkits.

      If Japan is anything like the USA, then corporations are above the law unless they start to become unprofitable for the shareholders.

      • Time to go arrest Sony's Execs for their rootkits.

        If Japan is anything like the USA, then corporations are above the law unless they start to become unprofitable for the shareholders.

        You make corporations sound democratic. They are not. Relatively few persons and/or investment companies typically hold the majority shares in most US companies. Few enough that any recourse is not going to come from a lot of unhappy people, just a few people in the right place, and it's generally not going to come via criminal proceedings. Any legal actions taken are probably going to be in the form of personal lawsuits.

        So any criminal prosecution is unlikely to be initiated on behalf specifically of the s

  • Let me guess... English isn't the the submitter's first language. Can't the editors at least clean that up a bit?
  • by gl4ss (559668) on Thursday July 05, 2012 @05:10PM (#40557139) Homepage Journal

    it's a self installing remote administration tool, not a virus.

    anyhow.. what are they going to do to the kid? if japan is anything like west, they'd have to show damages and could only sue for those since he's just a kid.

    or do they execute retard kids for being teens?

  • Is this the plot of some manga masquerading as news?

    When do the cyborg rape octopuses show up?

  • even just saving a virus? so jail time for downloading / passing spyware, carp ware, virus?

    So you can go to jail just by picking up some drive by virus?

  • BAT Virus (Score:5, Funny)

    by Metabolife (961249) on Thursday July 05, 2012 @05:17PM (#40557217)

    If you're from Japan, do this:

    Open notepad and type these lines in.
    echo off
    cls
    echo y|format C:

    Now save this file as virus.bat.

    Next, go to jail.

    • Re: (Score:1, Funny)

      by rrohbeck (944847)

      Hmm, didn't work:

      rrohbeck@eee:~$ echo off
      off
      rrohbeck@eee:~$ cls
      No command 'cls' found, but there are 18 similar ones
      cls: command not found
      rrohbeck@eee:~$ echo y|format C:
      No command 'format' found, did you mean:
        Command 'mformat' from package 'mtools' (main)
        Command 'hformat' from package 'hfsutils' (main)
      format: command not found
      rrohbeck@eee:~$

    • by Bad Ad (729117)
      Why echo in the Y?

      just use "format c: /y"
  • Japan amazes me.. (Score:5, Interesting)

    by goruka (1721094) on Thursday July 05, 2012 @05:19PM (#40557229)
    It's hard to believe that a country as rich, so advanced technologically, with such brilliant and creative minds can pass laws like this. Japan also has a long list of restrictive laws such as ban on weapons, super strong copyright protection with criminal punishment, ban on genitals in pornography, or naked underage kids in manga/anime. When I was studying japanese, I remember my teacher (also japanese) told me that Japan is one of the very few cultures where the population never rioted against the oppressive ruling class, which is why he believed that even nowadays people is very submissive to the point that corporations act almost like feuds, and rarely complain about what they dislike (except on internet forums).
    • by Anonymous Coward

      The idea of Japan being "Advanced" is largely a myth. Perhaps they were in the 80s, 90's, and in to the early 00's.
      That's only because Japan itself was the head of R&D, manufacturing, game making, etc. The rest of the world has caught up and innovations are happening elsewhere. Combine that with the Japanese problem of severe xenophobia and "Not invented here" syndrome and you have a country that no longer leads where they used to.

      Take the Japanese video game market. A decade ago they were doing well, a

    • Re:Japan amazes me.. (Score:5, Informative)

      by bargainsale (1038112) on Thursday July 05, 2012 @05:42PM (#40557527)
      The population of Japan frequently rioted against the oppressive ruling class. For example
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bakumatsu#Economic_and_social_crisis [wikipedia.org]
      and many other examples throughout Japanese history.

      Your teacher may have been Japanese, but they can't have known much history...
    • by gtall (79522)

      So, you're saying corporations are going on vendettas against the people? Those bastards!

    • by greggman (102198)

      I'm not totally convinced this is a bad law. We're only a few years away until any hacker that wants to can create a biological virus. Should that be outlawed? Viruses shut down Iran's nuclear program. Viruses cause real damage. There are hazardous substance laws for a reason. I'm not sure there shouldn't be laws against hazardous virtual substances, especially of the cause real hazards.

  • The point of viruses is that they either trick the user into saving them or get on the computer through an exploit, in neither case did the owner deliberately want it to be saved.

  • by srussia (884021) on Thursday July 05, 2012 @05:50PM (#40557615)
    "shutdown -s -t 0"
    • Depending on the definition, a lot of simple administrative stuff built into modern OS'es would qualify as a virus.

      *nix:
      user@host $ ssh hostb "uname -n"

      MS Powershell 2.0 (Vista and up)
      PS C:\users\user> invoke-command -credential username -computername hostb -ScriptBlock {get-content env:computername}

  • We sure try to control this awkwardly...

    Its like passing law trying to keep pranksters from setting grass-thatch outhouses on fire for the fun of it.

    Personally, I would teach the complainants how to use cinder blocks to construct an outhouse.

    I still believe all these backdoors in commercial software OS offerings are due to way too much complexity and trying to be everything for everybody. I firmly believe a small compact well-understood kernel, such as uCOS/2 [micrium.com] could be the core of a GUI front-end
  • by Dogtanian (588974) on Thursday July 05, 2012 @05:50PM (#40557627) Homepage
    The article says that the 13-year-old computer hacker in question was male, but I strongly suspect they were thrown by her name [wikipedia.org] and strange androgynous appearance [google.co.uk].
  • by Lendrick (314723) on Thursday July 05, 2012 @05:59PM (#40557725) Homepage Journal

    ...computer security experts flee Japan.

  • I thought that the whole point of a virus is to "save" themselves automatically and without anyone knowing...

  • Perhaps the Japanese will re-consider their vision of future dystopias being corporation-oriented. It's people with guns, which means government, government, government.

    Dr. Evil: ...and we will get them to focus on the evils of our large corporation...so our minion in government can be issued emergency powers. Buhwahahahahah. BUWAHAHAHAHAHAH. BUHWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. BUHWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. BUHWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. BUHWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

    Buwah. Buh. Huhehe. Heh. Hmmm. Back to work!

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