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Japan's Alleged Death Threat-Making, Cat-Hacking Programmer Says He's Innocent 69

Posted by samzenpus
from the cat-made-me-do-it dept.
Daniel_Stuckey writes "Inside the memory card in the cat's collar, authorities found a resentful message criticizing the police along with versions of the virus (iesys.exe) used to carry out the threat messages, which were made remotely, through other people's computers. If you hadn't heard about the story in the news, you'd be forgiven for confusing it with the plot of a Haruki Murakami novel. In Tokyo District Court Wednesday, the former employee of a Japanese IT company wore a black suit, a wide smile, and pleaded not guilty to 10 charges brought against him. The Japan Times explained the string of threats were directed at 'schools and kindergartens attended by the Emperor Akihito's grandchildren,' as well as a Japan Airlines jet headed for New York. The plane had to stop mid-flight, costing the airline ¥9.75 million (about $93,000)."
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Japan's Alleged Death Threat-Making, Cat-Hacking Programmer Says He's Innocent

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  • by asifyoucare (302582) on Friday February 14, 2014 @12:33AM (#46243467)
    Umm, I think that might've cost more than $93,000. If it returned to the airport on the other hand ...
  • if a plane stops midflight, it might crash... costing waay more than a $100K...

  • Cat-Hacking Programmer Says He's Innocent ... Inside the memory card in the cat's collar, authorities found

    Thankfully, the worst charge can be thrown out...

  • by jrumney (197329) on Friday February 14, 2014 @01:13AM (#46243559) Homepage

    In Japanese society, the police are believed to be infallible. Once arrested for something, the conviction rate is something like 98%. Police make deals with suspects to deal with things quickly and quietly if they confess, but if they don't confess, then their name will be all over the newspapers, dragging their family into disrepute. This is why two people have already confessed to the crimes that this man is accused of.

    But apparently the perpetrator doesn't like others taking credit for his work, and sent coded messages on the 2ch message board which a journalist and police were able to verify as containing non-public information that proved the sender was the real culprit, and the previous two accused were released despite having confessed to the crimes. Due to this history, if he is really innocent, his best chance of proving it may be to confess to the crime.

    • Re: (Score:1, Offtopic)

      by TapeCutter (624760)
      The US is in no position to lecture others on the subject of police states. The US incarceration rate is the highest in the world @ 716 prisoners per 100K population, Japan ranks 196th with 54/100K.
      • by jrumney (197329)

        The US is in no position to lecture others on the subject of police states.

        Luckily, I am not the US.

    • There was an organization, I believe it was Lawyers without border, did an analysis of the high conviction rates in Japan and they found that it was mostly because the prosecutors only took cases to court in which they were absolutely sure they had enough evidence for a conviction.

      However, after watching the dramatized documentary http://www.imdb.com/title/tt07... [imdb.com] a documentary of the the systemic faults of the Japanese court system which is convicting innocent people, I have some doubts that it is actu
      • they found that it was mostly because the prosecutors only took cases to court in which they were absolutely sure they had enough evidence for a conviction.

        At which point the question that next needs to be asked is, "how good does their evidence have to be?"

        However, after watching the dramatized documentary

        It may be based on a true story, but it looks like just a drama.

  • by wonkey_monkey (2592601) on Friday February 14, 2014 @05:47AM (#46244095) Homepage

    Inside the memory card in the cat's collar

    What cat?!

    Please, please, if you can't be bothered to write your own summary, at least make sure that the paragraphs you copy and paste make sense by themselves.

    Did you even read what you submitted?

    Editors: at least try to look like you're doing your job.

    • by Mashdar (876825)
      It was in Orion's belt. What more do you need to know?
    • by X0563511 (793323)

      No kidding, I have no fucking clue what this is trying to tell me, and the headline only makes it worse.

      He hacked a cat? What? The only other meaning I can get from that is even more incorrect - unless one of his charges is in regards to mutilation of cats.

  • Stupid summary (Score:5, Informative)

    by daem0n1x (748565) on Friday February 14, 2014 @06:07AM (#46244137)
    What the fuck is this summary about? Don't you need basic communication skills to be a Slashdot editor?
    • by neo-mkrey (948389)
      No, obviously you do not.
    • by idontgno (624372)

      You must be new here.

  • After reading the different articles all I could think about is how this seems to be a plot from Ghost in the Shell. Seems like someone is trying to be a real life Laughing Man

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