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

samzenpus posted about 2 months ago | from the cat-made-me-do-it dept.

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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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"The plane had to stop mid-flight" (5, Funny)

asifyoucare (302582) | about 2 months ago | (#46243467)

Umm, I think that might've cost more than $93,000. If it returned to the airport on the other hand ...

Re:"The plane had to stop mid-flight" (5, Funny)

JustOK (667959) | about 2 months ago | (#46243499)

The Law of Gravity doesn't apply over international waters

Re:"The plane had to stop mid-flight" (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46244035)

The Law of Gravity doesn't apply over international waters

No, clearly this was the work of the creationist on board.

After all, that whole gravity thing is just a theory...

Re:"The plane had to stop mid-flight" (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46243517)

This is Japan we're talking about. They are way ahead of other nations in technology.

Re:"The plane had to stop mid-flight" (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46243547)

This is Japan we're talking about. They are way ahead of other nations in technology.

That's what happens when a nation has a nearly zero population of blacks.

Re:"The plane had to stop mid-flight" (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46243593)

Wow, this site really has been taken over by Republicans. All of the stories have racist slants, and most are not technical.

Re:"The plane had to stop mid-flight" (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46243751)

All of the stories have racist slants

only a racist would care so much about racism... most people just don't think about race when they're dealing with different races, because if you think about people in terms of race, you're a fucking racist!

you must be a democrat... which explains why you're such a fucking retard

Re:"The plane had to stop mid-flight" (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46250265)

As compared to the GNAA trolls that took up 1/2 the comments in the early years?

They also have nearly zero population of whites to (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46247443)

so what does that tell you dickwad

Re:"The plane had to stop mid-flight" (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46243647)

In Sloshdat Beta, owns you the grammar!

I would have thought it costs more... (0)

yurik (160101) | about 2 months ago | (#46243469)

if a plane stops midflight, it might crash... costing waay more than a $100K...

Re:I would have thought it costs more... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46244399)

It must have been one of those ground planes i keep hearing about...

No nekos were harmed! (1)

mi (197448) | about 2 months ago | (#46243473)

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...

what an-odd place to put a dash (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46243521)

death threat-making? It's a threat making death?

Re:what an-odd place to put a dash (1)

nitehawk214 (222219) | about 2 months ago | (#46245441)

death threat-making? It's a threat making death?

No, it is death making a threat against someone.

Presumably it is a rather serious threat, I would not ignore him.

Re:what an-odd place to put a dash (1)

Quirkz (1206400) | about 2 months ago | (#46246123)

That looks correct to me. "Death threat" is a phrase. It doesn't get a gratuitous hyphen stuck inside it just because there's one put at the end. Properly you'd use a different length of dash here to indicate that it's a whole phrase being hyphenated rather than just the last word, but 1) most non-copy editors don't know that, and 2) dashes on the internet tend to be more pain to figure out than they're worth.

If he's really innocent he should confess (5, Informative)

jrumney (197329) | about 2 months ago | (#46243559)

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:If he's really innocent he should confess (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46243635)

How's this any different from what happens in other countries?

It's the same old story, prosecutors and police railroading anyone they can.

Have you already forgotten about what they did to Aaron Schwartz?

Re:If he's really innocent he should confess (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46243649)

Well, in the case of the United States the difference is about 11.7% in the conviction rate (99.7% versus 88%).

Re:If he's really innocent he should confess (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46243653)

Or phrased another way, the U.S. 12% acquittal rate is 40x more favorable than Japan's 0.3% acquittal rate.

Re:If he's really innocent he should confess (1)

sjames (1099) | about 2 months ago | (#46253513)

And a man with 40 cents to his name is 40 times 'richer' than a man with only a penny.

Re:If he's really innocent he should confess (1)

NettiWelho (1147351) | about 2 months ago | (#46243655)

Well, in the case of the United States the difference is about 11.7% in the conviction rate (99.7% versus 88%).

And in the case of the United States one needs to be a millionaire to have competent legal aid.

Re:If he's really innocent he should confess (1)

cascadingstylesheet (140919) | about 2 months ago | (#46244093)

And in the case of the United States one needs to be a millionaire to have competent legal aid.

Everyone loves to say that, but in reality petty criminals - poor criminals - get it really easy in the United States.

That's how they are able to pile up these long rap sheets in the first place. Assault, rape, robbery - and they just keep getting released to do more.

O brave new world / that has such creatures in't. (3, Insightful)

Tenebrousedge (1226584) | about 2 months ago | (#46244677)

We have the highest incarceration rate in the world, and you're arguing that not enough people are being jailed? Poverty is causally linked to crime! Assault, rape, and robbery have been in decline for years, and prison sentences have been lengthening.

It should be a surprise to no one that statistics on the income level of incoming prisoners [wordpress.com] are heavily biased towards the lowest levels of income. Income statistics for released felons [historyisaweapon.com] are even worse. [urban.org] We stigmatize prison to such a degree that it destroys people's ability to earn a living afterwards, and you wonder why we have a >60% recidivision rate. [wikipedia.org] Our "corrections system" is fundamentally broken, and by all measures worsening. Isn't prison supposed to prevent people from returning to a life of crime?

I am appalled at your ignorance, and the idea of a higher incarceration rate is vile. If you have no human compassion, have at least the sense to see when a solution isn't working.

Re:O brave new world / that has such creatures in' (1)

LordLimecat (1103839) | about 2 months ago | (#46245195)

Being linked is not the same as being causally linked. There is a massive difference, and ignoring it requires a huge leap.

Re:O brave new world / that has such creatures in' (1)

Tenebrousedge (1226584) | about 2 months ago | (#46247243)

There is indeed a difference. Please pardon my rhetoric; my argument is not necessarily academically rigorous. However, if we can reverse my intention with that remark, and suggest that a criminal record is an excellent way to be unemployed or otherwise in an impoverished state, the statistics range are supportive. Some of them were even shocking; one document I read indicated a low four-figure annual income for some groups. An exaggeration, one can only hope. I also do not think it beggars belief to suggest that e.g. a starving man might steal a loaf, but since he cannot be proven to do so, you must have a valid objection. I had considered striking the term, and mere laziness prevented me. Again, your pardon. If you have further argument for increased incarceration, please do continue.

Re:O brave new world / that has such creatures in' (1)

cascadingstylesheet (140919) | about 2 months ago | (#46252185)

So you propose that we should not jail people for assault and rape?

Personally, I think assault and rape are vile. But that's me.

Re:O brave new world / that has such creatures in' (1)

Tenebrousedge (1226584) | about 2 months ago | (#46252613)

Straw man. Try what I actually said: we already have the most expansive prison program in the world, and it is objectively bad at rehabilitation. You should probably be trying to justify either the current system or your idea that somehow it's not punishing people enough. Also we might cover whether punishment or rehabilitation is the primary purpose of a prison system.

Nice soundbite though. Reactionary, fallacious and obvious: a jab to please even the most thoughtless. I hope you didn't stay up too late writing it.

Re:If he's really innocent he should confess (1)

sjames (1099) | about 2 months ago | (#46253517)

It's the innocent poor that get the shaft. Or become petty criminals since they're going to be doing the time anyway.

Re:If he's really innocent he should confess (1)

Raenex (947668) | about 2 months ago | (#46244203)

It's the same old story, prosecutors and police railroading anyone they can. Have you already forgotten about what they did to Aaron Schwartz?

Poor example. While Aaron Schwartz had good intentions, and the punishment far exceeded the crime, there's no doubt he was guilty. In this case (based on the comments, I haven't fact checked), two innocent people had already confessed.

Re:If he's really innocent he should confess (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46243683)

Uhm, as a long-time resident of Japan I can definitely say that people in Japanese society do _NOT_ in general think the police are infallible, quite the opposite.

Re:If he's really innocent he should confess (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46243703)

At least I know how the Japs come up with names for their kids: throw some silverware down the stairs.

*ChInG* *klang* *KONG* Ah, dat good name!

Even the trolls are of lesser qiality these days (2)

Evtim (1022085) | about 2 months ago | (#46244031)

man, if you wanna be a good troll you gotta read a bit more. Your attempted insult is applicable for the Chinese and Koreans.

Do you hear a lot of silverware crashing noise in the names Myamoto Musashi, Oda Nobunaga, Tkeshi Kitano just to name a few....

Trolls these days....what do they teach them in school?

Re:Even the trolls are of lesser qiality these day (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46244391)

Tkeshi? Did Beat pull a Kim Dotcom?

Re:Even the trolls are of lesser qiality these day (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46244513)

Don't correct him. One of the things I love the most about slashdot is just how worthless the trolls are

Re:Even the trolls are of lesser qiality these day (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46258949)

You left out Megumi Shiino, Daiya Nagare, and Rei Mizuna. :P

Re:If he's really innocent he should confess (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46243727)

As another long term resident I can definitely say that the people in Japanese society _DO_ known that the police think that they are infallible.
The list of wrongful acquisitions is very long and numerous imprisonments could have been prevented if it weren't for the police only being eager to have the case solved (whether the real perpetrator was caught or not).
But on the other hand I have to admit that the eagerness to have as much cases closed as possible does also have it's result.
   

Re:If he's really innocent he should confess (1, Offtopic)

TapeCutter (624760) | about 2 months ago | (#46243753)

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.

Re:If he's really innocent he should confess (1)

jrumney (197329) | about 2 months ago | (#46243845)

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

Luckily, I am not the US.

Re:If he's really innocent he should confess (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46244069)

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.

The US is in no position to define what is a prison is, or a deterrent, as obviously our standing in the world reflects just how fucked up and failed our system is by comparison.

We call other countries treatment of prisoners "cruel and unusual", and yet their numbers seem to reflect the effectiveness of that treatment.

Our rate of incarceration sucks because our system sucks. Go and do a poll and find out how many prisoners want to be in prison. You'd be surprised at the answers in the US by comparison. We don't have prisons. We have glorified hotels with cable TV and free food. The only rule is you must stay and continue getting cable TV and free food, and when you do your time you can go stand in the unemployment line with the rest of the college graduates. Yeah, let's talk about incarceration rates some more...

Re:If he's really innocent he should confess (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46243839)

yes, it seems that in japan, the idea is, where there's smoke, there's fire.
hence, if you're arrested, you must have been doing something wrong.
aka guilty until proven innocent.
well, it's one way to stop crime i spose.
but i personally do not think it 'fair'.

Re:If he's really innocent he should confess (1)

lordmetroid (708723) | about 2 months ago | (#46243843)

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 actually the reality rather than the courts convicting innocent people.

Re:If he's really innocent he should confess (1)

wonkey_monkey (2592601) | about 2 months ago | (#46244117)

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.

Re:If he's really innocent he should confess (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46243859)

Er, no, the police are widely criticised for incompetence and bungling investigations. There have been quite a few escaped prisoners in the last couple of years too. The high conviction rate is simply because they don't prosecute unless they are virtually certain of winning, otherwise they let the suspect go.

Re:If he's really innocent he should confess (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46249277)

I hear (IANAL) that Japanese system heavily relies on admission of guilt. If he does not confess, the police may be in trouble as they might not actually have enough evidence to show his guilt. And of course it is entirely possible they've bagged another innocent, and they just had the bad luck of grabbing a local sociopath. That is, a person who does not bow to usual Japanese social pressure to falsely admit guilt.

fuck beta seriously christ (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46243579)

will this never end

Even Virus writers have version number & comme (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46243715)

I thought it was great that the people trying to break down the threat found different 'version' numbers in the code and comments in Japanese. :)

I wonder if this is on github?

Yup (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46243733)

" Katayama was convicted for making an internet death threat against a music label in the past, a crime for which he served 18 months."

He's fucked.

Don't write summaries like this! (4, Informative)

wonkey_monkey (2592601) | about 2 months ago | (#46244095)

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.

Re:Don't write summaries like this! (2)

Mashdar (876825) | about 2 months ago | (#46245021)

It was in Orion's belt. What more do you need to know?

Re:Don't write summaries like this! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46249233)

It was in Orion's belt. What more do you need to know?

Well obviously I need to know we're looking for the galaxy. Otherwise I might think you were talking about the constellation Orion not the prince's pet cat.

Re:Don't write summaries like this! (1)

X0563511 (793323) | about 2 months ago | (#46245061)

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 (4, Informative)

daem0n1x (748565) | about 2 months ago | (#46244137)

What the fuck is this summary about? Don't you need basic communication skills to be a Slashdot editor?

Re:Stupid summary (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46249003)

Slashdot editors are tech grads, not literature or journalism grads.

Re:Stupid summary (1)

daem0n1x (748565) | about 2 months ago | (#46254737)

Slashdot editors are tech grads, not literature or journalism grads.

That's the lamest excuse of them all. If they're not good at communication, maybe they're in the wrong job, aren't they? There's plenty of techies that can write intelligible sentences out there.

Ghost In The Shell (1)

Matt Reichmann (2935627) | about 2 months ago | (#46245625)

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

Re:Ghost In The Shell (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46248113)

That is exactly what came to mind when I understood what the hell this article was actually about.

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