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Japanese Cops Collar Malware-Carrying Cat 83

Orome1 writes "When imagining law enforcement officers investigating and searching for cyber criminals or evidence about their activities, the last thing that you can probably envision is them searching for a stray cat. But that was exactly what detectives of Japan's National Police Agency recently did as the last step in a complex 'treasure hunt' started on New Year's Day by a person (persons?) who is allegedly the mastermind behind the so-called 'Remote Control Virus.' The malware in question was instrumental in staging a continuous campaign of death and bomb threats sent to airline companies, kindergartens, schools, law offices, broadcasting networks and shrines."
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Japanese Cops Collar Malware-Carrying Cat

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  • by rk ( 6314 ) on Wednesday January 09, 2013 @05:31PM (#42537959) Journal

    The furball is more readable and maintainable.

  • by alexgieg ( 948359 ) <> on Wednesday January 09, 2013 @07:57PM (#42540129) Homepage

    If a kid goes missing in your neighbourhood, and you saw some guy cruising around the playground earlier, are you still going to refuse to talk to the cops on a matter of principle? How would you feel if it was your kid, and some self-righteous prick didn't talk?

    It depends. How much do you want to bet on your not finding yourself in this scenario:

    The cop you talked to, in front of the judge, months later: "Yes, your honor, he confessed to have been watching the playground earlier that day, and to have been carefully focusing on the movements of both minors and non-minors alike. No, your honor, he couldn't provided any proof of where he were between the moment he told he had been watching the kids and their parents in the playground and the moment he contacted us. Yes, your honor, that was the time frame that kid disappeared. Yes, your honor, we found 3 volumes of so called 'manga comics' depicting relationship and implied sexual intercourse with minors in his house. Yes, your honor, his computer was full of pornographic imagery too."

  • Re:CFC forever (Score:0, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 09, 2013 @09:02PM (#42540789)

    I'm just guessing here, but I think what is going on is that the GP AC supports a hacking group that uses the initials CFC and taunting another group that is referred to by -A-. It's possible that -A- refers to the well known Anonymous group, but I doubt it. It is also possible that CFC is involved in the cybercrime case mentioned in TFA. One possible scenario is that -A- is believed to be responsible for the original crime and CFC is responsible for making a game out of passing tips to the police.

    -A- is shit

  • Re:CFC forever (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 09, 2013 @09:23PM (#42540983)

    -A- is/was an alliance on EVE online (hundreds or thousands of players).
    CFC is a coalition of EVE online alliances (tens of thousands of players).

    Not entirely suprising that they turn up in a thread about kittens either.

Thus spake the master programmer: "When a program is being tested, it is too late to make design changes." -- Geoffrey James, "The Tao of Programming"