First virus writer arrested in Japan

Under Japanese law writing malicious code isn't illegal, according to antivirus vendor Sophos. Japanese authorities are therefore prosecuting the alleged writer of a particular piece of code, and two others, as the code was allegedly distributed using unauthorised anime images.

Under Japanese law writing malicious code isn't illegal, according to antivirus vendor Sophos. Japanese authorities are therefore prosecuting the alleged writer of a particular piece of code, and two others, as the code was allegedly distributed using unauthorised anime images.

From the Sophos press release:

"It isn't illegal to write viruses in Japan, so the [alleged] author of the Trojan horse has been arrested for breaching copyright because he used cartoon graphics without permission in his malware. Because this is the first arrest in Japan of [an alleged] virus writer it's likely to generate a lot of attention and there may be calls for cybercrime laws to be made tighter," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant for Sophos.

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