First virus-writing arrests in Japan

Posted by   Virus Bulletin on   Jan 29, 2008

Winny worm authors brought to book - for copyright violation.

Japan has seen its first ever arrests of virus writers, with three men taken into custody in Kyoto last week and charged with creating worms targeting the Winny file-sharing platform. While no specific virus-writing offence exists under Japanese law, the men were charged with copyright infringement, thanks to the inclusion of images of some well-known animated characters in their creations.

One of the three, a 24-year-old graduate student, has apparently admitted to creating the malware, while his two confederates are thought to have helped distribute it across the Winny system. The malware in question is thought to be a worm reported last year, which displays images from the Clannad anime series accompanied by messages warning against the use of illegal file-sharing networks, and may destroy downloaded media on infected systems.

Law-makers in Japan have been debating the introduction of laws covering malware creation since 2004, but they have yet to be enacted thanks to wrangling over the coverage of the proposed amendments.

More details can be found in local reports at the Mainichi Daily News here (with a follow-up piece here) or the Daily Yomiuri here. Comment from Sophos is here and more on The Register is here.

Posted on 29 January 2008 by Virus Bulletin



Latest posts:

VB2017 paper: The life story of an IPT - Inept Persistent Threat actor

At VB2017 in Madrid, Polish security researcher and journalist Adam Haertlé presented a paper about a very inept persistent threat. Today, we publish both the paper and the recording of Adam's presentation.

Five reasons to submit a VB2018 paper this weekend

The call for papers for VB2018 closes on 18 March, and while we've already received many great submissions, we still want more! Here are five reasons why you should submit a paper this weekend.

First partners of VB2018 announced

We are excited to announce the first six companies to partner with VB2018.

VB2018: looking for technical and non-technical talks

We like to pick good, solid technical talks for the VB conference programme, but good talks don't have to be technical and we welcome less technical submissions just as much.

Partner with VB2018 for extra visibility among industry peers

Partnering with the VB conference links your company to a successful and well-established event, demonstrates your commitment to moving the industry forward, allows you to meet potential clients, be visible to industry peers and build lasting…