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Porn Virus Blackmails Victims Over "Copyright Violation"

timothy posted more than 4 years ago | from the or-shall-we-bill-your-wife? dept.

Security 222

FishRep writes with this excerpt from the BBC: "A new type of malware infects PCs using file-share sites and publishes the user's net history on a public website before demanding a fee for its removal. The Japanese trojan virus installs itself on computers using a popular file-share service called Winni, used by up to 200m people. It targets those downloading illegal copies of games in the Hentai genre, an explicit form of anime. Website Yomiuri claims that 5,500 people have so far admitted to being infected. The virus, known as Kenzero, is being monitored by web security firm Trend Micro in Japan. Masquerading as a game installation screen, it requests the PC owner's personal details. It then takes screengrabs of the user's web history and publishes it online in their name, before sending an e-mail or pop-up screen demanding a credit card payment of 1,500 yen (£10) to 'settle your violation of copyright law' and remove the webpage."

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Sounds like a plan (5, Interesting)

BadAnalogyGuy (945258) | more than 4 years ago | (#31869262)

So you call the cops, transfer the money, find out who is on the other end, have the law and credit card agencies come down hard on them.

Unless you're afraid of getting caught with porn...

Re:Sounds like a plan (4, Funny)

OrwellianLurker (1739950) | more than 4 years ago | (#31869276)

Unless you're afraid of getting caught with porn...

If that porn involves schoolgirls getting raped by tentacles, then yes, I would be afraid of getting caught.

Re:Sounds like a plan (4, Insightful)

Thanshin (1188877) | more than 4 years ago | (#31869308)

If that porn involves schoolgirls getting raped by tentacles, then yes, I would be afraid of getting caught.

Drawings of schoolgirls getting raped.

There's quite a difference. Unless you think they abduct actual schoolgirls, and octopuses, to use them as models.

Re:Sounds like a plan (3, Insightful)

OrwellianLurker (1739950) | more than 4 years ago | (#31869342)

If that porn involves schoolgirls getting raped by tentacles, then yes, I would be afraid of getting caught.

Drawings of schoolgirls getting raped.

There's quite a difference. Unless you think they abduct actual schoolgirls, and octopuses, to use them as models.

I have no problem with the drawings. All I am saying is that if I had that kind of pornography in my web history, I would not want the public to see it attached to my name.

Re:Sounds like a plan (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31869490)

You see, that's where you are weak. I wouldn't give a shit. Caring about what other people think of you is a childish attitude to have.

Yeah, I view porn, so what? Everybody views porn or has viewed porn before, so nobody can condemn you for it without being a hypocrite themselves.

Re:Sounds like a plan (5, Funny)

beakerMeep (716990) | more than 4 years ago | (#31869546)

Says the AC :)

Re:Sounds like a plan (1)

TheKidWho (705796) | more than 4 years ago | (#31870122)

Who exactly might you be beakerMEEP? Mind informing me of your name/address/ip number?

Re:Sounds like a plan (5, Insightful)

not flu (1169973) | more than 4 years ago | (#31869586)

But everybody is a hypocrite so you'd get condemned for it all the same. On a subject like this you'd get condemned for not condemning it! Most people would at least make a token effort to condemn it publicly just for show, even if they fapped to the same schoolgirls getting tentacled themselves.

Re:Sounds like a plan (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31869606)

>Everybody views porn or has viewed porn before, so nobody can condemn you for it without being a hypocrite themselves.

See, that's where you're mistaken. A hypocrite is someone who condemns you while thinking the same condemnation does not apply to them.

I have done many wrong things over the course of my life; my having done them doesn't make them any less wrong, nor does the fact that I've done them and condemn them make me a hypocrite. If you show your horrible scars to your kids and tell them "don't play with fire," does that make you a hypocrite? No, it makes you a responsible person. If I look back at the game I cracked and released to the scene but now say "Don't pirate games; it steals income from developers," it's because I've grown older and wiser and have a little more perspective now.

Re:Sounds like a plan (1)

silentcoder (1241496) | more than 4 years ago | (#31869782)

> If I look back at the game I cracked and released to the scene

Download-link or it didn't happen.

Re:Sounds like a plan (0, Offtopic)

Nathrael (1251426) | more than 4 years ago | (#31869996)

Everybody views porn or has viewed porn before, so nobody can condemn you for it without being a hypocrite themselves.

Perhaps, but there's a little difference between being attracted to a hot woman having consensual sex and being attracted to pre-legal kids getting raped, isn't there?

Re:Sounds like a plan (4, Insightful)

clone53421 (1310749) | more than 4 years ago | (#31870226)

Wait, what?

Your basic premise fails on two major points:

A) Drawings are not real. Pinocchio is not a real boy, and a girl in a hentai drawing is not a child. A lot of people would spontaneously vomit if they personally witnessed a grisly death but could watch a film chock-full of grisly death and dismemberment because it’s done with stage magic and special effects and it’s just a picture anyway – not real.

B) Watching something means you are attracted to it (or, being attracted to bad stuff is bad). And I could name dozens of movies depicting bad stuff that, according to your logic, should be illegal to watch. A Clockwork Orange, for one.

Just because I watched a violent movie and enjoyed it doesn’t mean I’d enjoy having a ringside seat (behind bullet-proof glass, I suppose) at the next school shooting. And just because I watched the violent movie and enjoyed it doesn’t mean I’d enjoy acting it out.

Re:Sounds like a plan (5, Insightful)

martas (1439879) | more than 4 years ago | (#31869632)

first you'd have to be stupid enough to give your real name to a pirated porn game...

Re:Sounds like a plan (1)

Taco Cowboy (5327) | more than 4 years ago | (#31869792)

first you'd have to be stupid enough to give your real name to a pirated porn game...

Ahahahahaha !

Apparently over 5,500 of them are qualified as "stupid enough"

I don't even use my real name on my New York Time website / Wall Street Journal accounts.

Re:Sounds like a plan (1)

PopeRatzo (965947) | more than 4 years ago | (#31869976)

Apparently over 5,500 of them are qualified as "stupid enough"

No, 5,500 people "admitted to being infested". We don't know if that means they reported that infection under their real name, or "admitting they were infected" meant they submitted data about the infection to Trend Micro.

Like most major news articles of this type, the facts are a little meager, and much of the language vague. It appears to me more of a "In other news..." type of fluff piece about how "crazy that Internet is" than hard reporting by the BBC.

Re:Sounds like a plan (1)

davidphogan74 (623610) | more than 4 years ago | (#31870292)

News today can't be bothered with details or facts. They get in the way of reporting the latest tweets.

Re:Sounds like a plan (1)

xtracto (837672) | more than 4 years ago | (#31870086)

Man, you are talking about Japan... the only thing you will get after publicizing your fetish tentacle fetish is maybe a bunch of guys asking to recommend a good source lol

Re:Sounds like a plan (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31869388)

Not in Australia or the UK it isn't. Jail time and a listing on the sex offenders register follows from underage stickmen porn...

Re:Sounds like a plan (2, Funny)

kobiashi maru (1717276) | more than 4 years ago | (#31869544)

no Australian xkcd for minors, then?

Re:Sounds like a plan (3, Funny)

spectrokid (660550) | more than 4 years ago | (#31869390)

Unless you think they abduct actual schoolgirls, and octopuses, to use them as models.

How about the calamari I can buy in the fish shop down the street. Will that do?

Re:Sounds like a plan (1)

Trepidity (597) | more than 4 years ago | (#31870014)

I regret to inform you that your Slashdot post, registered as #31869390, is illegal textual pornography.

Re:Sounds like a plan (1)

AnonymousClown (1788472) | more than 4 years ago | (#31870084)

Unless you think they abduct actual schoolgirls, and octopuses, to use them as models.

How about the calamari I can buy in the fish shop down the street. Will that do?

I think so - if you're into Italian fish porn.

Re:Sounds like a plan (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31869402)

This depends on your jurisdiction. Many countries, such as Australia [bbc.co.uk] , believe that a real child is abused when someone draws a picture of a child being abused, or something. The new UK Act which came into force earlier this month also criminalises certain depictions by adult actresses, though I'm not sure it goes as far as criminalising hentai... must read up further.

Anyway, every guy who has browsed porn has at least one pic in his cache/deleted which "might" be underage and for which he has no proof otherwise. Even if he only visits pron sites where records are kept of the age of models, the file fragment on his drive may not contain any information about that source. The only way not to be charged with a CP violation is to not get yourself in a position where an authority can read your drive and wants to charge you with something, even when you know that you have never looked for CP and have never knowingly downloaded it.

Re:Sounds like a plan (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31870346)

Anyway, every guy who has browsed porn has at least one pic in his cache/deleted...

Dude:

  • Encrypted swap file or partition (random key, generated at boot)
  • Firefox 'Private Browsing' mode

You, a slashdot reader, should know better.. let your footsteps fade away.

Re:Sounds like a plan (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31869920)

No, it was aliens from Pluto who abducted the real schoolgirls and then trapped them in a 2D prison and uploaded them to the internets, so even if they are freed from one prison, they will equally be trapped in a million more.
Bwahahaha, puny human schoolgirls.

Re:Sounds like a plan (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31869998)

That actually sounds like a valid hentai plot.

Re:Sounds like a plan (1)

kirill.s (1604911) | more than 4 years ago | (#31870218)

There was a story in wired.com a while ago, about a man getting prosecuted in the US for having a large collection of anime/hentai comics. Some of them had schoolgirls/tentacles in them. I'd search for it for you, but I don't want to spoil my pristine search keyword history.

I'm sure it's not just the only case like that. Drawings are illegal, so please be aware of that.

Re:Sounds like a plan (1)

rjch (544288) | more than 4 years ago | (#31870352)

Drawings of schoolgirls getting raped.

There's quite a difference. Unless you think they abduct actual schoolgirls, and octopuses, to use them as models.

Not in Australia [animenewsnetwork.com] there isn't.

This country seems to be determined to put itself on a fast track to eliminating common sense every bit as quickly as the United States.

Re:Sounds like a plan (3, Funny)

Kreigaffe (765218) | more than 4 years ago | (#31870422)

Are you kidding? They're way ahead of us. The Australian government has actually taken the stance that unless you have big full breasts, you're not a real woman. I mean, damn. Setting up a whole generation of girls to feel inadequate. Nice.

Re:Sounds like a plan (2, Interesting)

thijsh (910751) | more than 4 years ago | (#31869322)

That's the problem with blackmail, it only works if you're uptight about it... I don't give a fuck. I have hentai in my porn collection, my girlfriend and friends know and I even shared it on the LAN at the student dorm (and kept stats that said over 50% of people accessed it)... Hentai is just like masturbation: everyone is doing it but no-one want's to admit it. With the difference that masturbation is a gift for life and hentai is just a thing to check out once in your life. :-)

Posting non-AC for obvious reasons.

Re:Sounds like a plan (1)

Rivalz (1431453) | more than 4 years ago | (#31869356)

Public image.

Tiger woods for example. A lot of famous people cheat. But when you get caught that is when the sponsors start pulling you and you end up loosing millions of revenue.
Same thing for the average person just on a smaller scale.

Now when you start going to apply for jobs and the employer looks on your facebook page and see's your a freaky kinda guy you might end up at the bottom of the pile.

Re:Sounds like a plan (3, Insightful)

takev (214836) | more than 4 years ago | (#31869406)

I think at some point, when all the young generation is grown up. They expect to see compromising pictures on your facebook. And if you don't have those they wont trust you and you won't get a job.

Re:Sounds like a plan (1)

Rivalz (1431453) | more than 4 years ago | (#31869458)

I dunno I see your point but I think when the young generation is grown up there will be no jobs because the older gen ran the global economy into the ground.

Re:Sounds like a plan (1)

thijsh (910751) | more than 4 years ago | (#31869480)

Exactly, it shows you're not pretentious and a little more easy-going... I know enough people who care way too much what people think about them and pretend to be better than they are... why? I won't think any less of anyone because they do some stuff that people normally do... some may find some things weird that others do, but in the end everyone does and I can respect people that don't try to live a lie.

Hypocrisy feeds the need to appear 'better', there are way too many examples of extremely anti-gay figures who come out of the closet later on... I always suspect people who appear to be 'good' and know what's best for others and voice their judgmental view on people... like you said the young generation won't trust those people and they hate posers. Living a lie is one of the worst things you can do to yourself...

Oh yeah, the dude who wrote this virus probably also loves Hentai. :-)

Re:Sounds like a plan (3, Insightful)

zwei2stein (782480) | more than 4 years ago | (#31869806)

This is not how it really works. Being yourself is cool if you are applying to 'being yourself' company, but it is not always going to the the case. Easy going does not mean anything to most companies.

See, everyone was young, had drunked adventures and whatnot and propably smoked pot for quite a long time. 60's generation being example.

Do you think that now that they are all adults and propably in big-chair positions that they would be cool with you smoke pot on workplace? They should be enlightened about it and whatnot, they did it themselves, but no, not a chance. Hell, generation of "free love" is suprisingly uptight about sex life of their children.

Getting rid of that facebook image of you and twocolored vomit is the same thing like getting rid of ridiculous t-shirt or getting haircut or getting email address with your real name in front of @ instead of nick or using proper spelling in cover letter. Rite of passage.

Simply put, company hiring you is not hiring teenager on those photos. If you project that image, do not be suprised if you end up on bottom of pile. It is just as if you showed up on interview dressed unapropriatelly.

Trust me, "You are not your photos on facebook".

Re:Sounds like a plan (1)

thijsh (910751) | more than 4 years ago | (#31870162)

It is just as if you showed up on interview dressed unapropriatelly.

I do exactly that at my job, dressed up as inappropriate as possible as the computer guy is kinda accepted. There is no difference when I meet with my boss, his bosses or someone from the city council. Amsterdam might be a little bit more relaxed with a live-and-let-live attitude, but I would not want to work in a company that fires you for what you do in your private time. They can ask of you that you show up and do your work (and limit the time on Slashdot), but you do not belong to a company and in your private time you are your own man.

I love my job, and my town! :-)

Re:Sounds like a plan (1)

timmarhy (659436) | more than 4 years ago | (#31870078)

the young generation hate posers? dude have you had a fucking look on myspace or facebook? it's FULL of young posers pretending to be something they aren't.

gen y like to think they are all liberal and open minded, but really they haven't cut the apron strings yet, most of them don't have the life experience to know when advice is good or bad.

Re:Sounds like a plan (1)

thijsh (910751) | more than 4 years ago | (#31870228)

Wow, facebook is full of posers? Call the newspaper!
There is a reason i'm not on Facebook, Hyves, MySpace or even sign in to MSN. I'm talking about the part of the generation that stays the fuck away from those shallow cesspools. I know it's bad, but there is a slow growing movement of people who are fed up with 'faking it'. Maybe it's a cultural thing and some countries have this more than others...

P.S. The young generation is not just the 15 year old kids.

Re:Sounds like a plan (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31869434)

Solution:
1. Take a name everyone else has
2. Create a blog or website that makes you look good
3. Refer people to this
4. Sleep easy at the thought of getting famous for your hentai-tentacle-rape-exhibition in Las Vegas

Re:Sounds like a plan (0, Flamebait)

stonewallred (1465497) | more than 4 years ago | (#31869448)

Lol, anyone who does not have a facebook/myspace/etc page for prospective employers and the mothers' of the women they are are banging, deserves to be on the bottom of the pile. Not having one is a sign of laziness or stupidity or both.

Re:Sounds like a plan (1)

lxs (131946) | more than 4 years ago | (#31869728)

Or a sign of having metaphorical balls in addition to the physical ones that got you in this situation to begin with.

Watch this movie [imdb.com] if you dare.

Re:Sounds like a plan (4, Informative)

Nadaka (224565) | more than 4 years ago | (#31870012)

The problem with not caring if other people know about it is this: in a lot of places, having viewed hentai drawings is sufficient for criminal charges, prison time and in a few rare cases execution.

Re:Sounds like a plan (-1, Flamebait)

PopeRatzo (965947) | more than 4 years ago | (#31870030)

I have hentai in my porn collection, my girlfriend and friends know and I even shared it on the LAN at the student dorm

That showed some really good judgment. I'm sure you'll go far, professionally and I don't even know you.

masturbation is a gift for life

And something tells me you are an A Number One jack-off.

Re:Sounds like a plan (1)

thijsh (910751) | more than 4 years ago | (#31870172)

It's because I don't care for the opinions of people like you I can say this without a problem.

Re:Sounds like a plan (4, Funny)

Edmund Blackadder (559735) | more than 4 years ago | (#31869380)

When will we grow beyond these terrible false negative stereotypes of the fine ancient tradition tentacle porn?

In the more refined examples of tentacle art (as this is its proper name), the school girls are graduate school girls and the tentacle monsters take the girls to dinner and drinks and spend many hours making clever observational comments in trendy downtown winebars before they even brave to invite them to their lair. And even then they fumble nervously around with their tentacles for at least an hour before the exasperated girl finally says that she is really tired from writing her thesis and if she could be brutally violated simultaneously in all possible ways with enormous tentacles, that would really be a change of pace.

Re:Sounds like a plan (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31869690)

I -so- have to get right on that.

Re:Sounds like a plan (1)

the_fat_kid (1094399) | more than 4 years ago | (#31870220)

modern tentacle porn, by school girls for school girls...

Re:Sounds like a plan (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31870062)

Except the Japanese wouldn't really care about the content. Almost all don't care what sort of (purely fictitious) porn you're watching. If they're afraid then only 'cause they may be seen as in conflict with copyright law. "Unethical" people who steal porn and take from the livelihood of porn artists - who are quite highly regarded as honest workers.

Re:Sounds like a plan (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31870068)

Unless you're afraid of getting caught with porn...

People have been charged with possession of thumbnail-sized images in their cache that they weren’t even aware they had downloaded. Anyone who has browsed an imageboard should be concerned about this because they don’t have any control over the images that are uploaded and even though illegal images are deleted promptly by the mods they are still hiding in your cache even if you didn’t download the full-sized version.

Posting anonymously so as to not tempt fate.

The MAFIAA (4, Funny)

OrwellianLurker (1739950) | more than 4 years ago | (#31869268)

The MAFIAA must be wondering why they haven't done this yet. "Why waste time in the courts guys? Why lobby politicians?"

Re:The MAFIAA (1)

Rivalz (1431453) | more than 4 years ago | (#31869344)

Entrapment?

Re:The MAFIAA (2, Insightful)

pookemon (909195) | more than 4 years ago | (#31869484)

Which assumes that the person being blackmailed reports it. And when has "Legal Means" every bothered the MAFIAA?

Re:The MAFIAA (1)

Yvanhoe (564877) | more than 4 years ago | (#31869530)

Because they know they would be bitten too...

I have a guess (4, Funny)

jonaskoelker (922170) | more than 4 years ago | (#31869644)

Ethics.

Re:I have a guess (1)

TranceThrust (1391831) | more than 4 years ago | (#31870044)

This is why slashdot rocks :)

Re:I have a guess (1)

Ornlu (1706502) | more than 4 years ago | (#31870158)

Come on, you and I both know that the only sort of "Ethics" the MAFIAA has is that which makes their wallet fatter...

Re:I have a guess (1)

HopefulIntern (1759406) | more than 4 years ago | (#31870240)

Whoosh!

Re:The MAFIAA (1)

ionix5891 (1228718) | more than 4 years ago | (#31869688)

dont you be giving them ideas now

Re:The MAFIAA (3, Interesting)

Dachannien (617929) | more than 4 years ago | (#31869796)

Actually, there's some malware going around that presents a popup purporting to be from the content industry that demands $400 in restitution for having copyright-infringing movies and music on your computer. No, it's not the ??AA actually doing it, but it's certainly possible.

http://msmvps.com/blogs/spywaresucks/archive/2010/04/12/1763297.aspx [msmvps.com]

Re:The MAFIAA (1)

Zumbs (1241138) | more than 4 years ago | (#31869930)

Because if they were caught, they would go to prison. All of them. Spreading malware, breaking into someones computer and blackmailing them are serious offenses.

Good thing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31869278)

Copyright, generating jobs in all sectors.

Re:Good thing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31869302)

Got a detailed plan with numerical estimates for how it would work without copyright, or, a plan of how to go back to copyright if you abolish them?

Well, it could be worse, right? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31869318)

Hopefully people will be more careful about what they install.

By the way, anyone care to tell me why slashdot was showing May 2009 articles earlier? And should we be considered about our accounts if we typed in our password on that weird page? (I should have realized something was up when it was talking about Ghostbusters 3.)

Re:Well, it could be worse, right? (4, Funny)

shawb (16347) | more than 4 years ago | (#31869504)

By the way, anyone care to tell me why slashdot was showing May 2009 articles earlier?

The editors figured out an easier way to get those all important dupes up?

Re:Well, it could be worse, right? (1)

Culture20 (968837) | more than 4 years ago | (#31869986)

By the way, anyone care to tell me why slashdot was showing May 2009 articles earlier?

I've seen that recently a few times. The page starts with something from today, then yesterday, last week, last couple months, then last year. It's very odd and mostly pointless.

Re:Well, it could be worse, right? (1)

ciaran_o_riordan (662132) | more than 4 years ago | (#31870166)

> It's very odd and mostly pointless.

Wow. I've never seen how a person who'd never encountered a bug before would describe their first one. I think you nailed it.

Like, displaying me a black screen with no sound or action when I want to view a video is odd and mostly pointless. Yeh, the "mostly" is just human kindness.

Perfectly legal way of doing business! (1)

PjotrP (593817) | more than 4 years ago | (#31869386)

As the RIAA and the MPAA have shown in the past decade it's a perfectly legal way of doing business to threaten and blackmail people with the content they have downloaded. It's just that 10 dollars is very amateuristic. You should start with thousands of dollars for each item downloaded. 10 dollars almost seems like a realistic amount if the RIAA had a website saying: You, PjotrP, have downloaded a song by one of the artists we represent and for 10$ we will forget about it.

Re:Perfectly legal way of doing business! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31869416)

Sounds like iTunes....

Re:Perfectly legal way of doing business! (3, Funny)

WrongSizeGlass (838941) | more than 4 years ago | (#31869848)

Sounds like iTunes....

iTunes says "you're about to download a song from one of the artists we profit from and for $10 we'll remember everything about you"

Re:Perfectly legal way of doing business! (1)

timmarhy (659436) | more than 4 years ago | (#31869420)

I know that was the only part that shocked me - $10 seems like such a tiny amount, it's like the authors are betting most people will just do it instead of invesitgating.

Re:Perfectly legal way of doing business! (1)

asdf7890 (1518587) | more than 4 years ago | (#31869524)

I know that was the only part that shocked me - $10 seems like such a tiny amount, it's like the authors are betting most people will just do it instead of invesitgating.

That and depending on where the scammers are based that $10 may be worth a lot more than $10 would buy where you are. An amount small enough that the victims don't care enough not to pay but large enough to be worth something at the perp's end doesn't make bad sense.

Of course, what is to say that it will stop there? Once they have the $10 maybe a new page will go up with a little more detail possibly including the fact that they paid money to try keep it all quiet and a demand for $100. Once you've got someone willing to pay, and has paid, to keep something quiet you can probably sting them for quite a bit more.

Re:Perfectly legal way of doing business! (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31869794)

Yeah, but think about the number of people infected, 5500 have admitted to it, so if all of those people paid $10, that would be $55,000~

Kind of like that scam in Superman 3, where they take the decimal cents, it all adds up in the end..

Re:Perfectly legal way of doing business! (1)

TapeCutter (624760) | more than 4 years ago | (#31869948)

Perhaps it's priced to avoid some minimum threashold for a charge of blackmail. There are lots of perfectly legitimate bussinesse that set their prices simply to avoid legal recourse. Here in Oz the minimum claim in the small claims court is $50 so a lot of TV specials are priced at $49.95, also a lot of used cars are priced at $4995 to avoid mandatory warranty obligations that kick in at $5K.

Re:Perfectly legal way of doing business! (1)

Errol backfiring (1280012) | more than 4 years ago | (#31869562)

£10 is not 10 dollars. It is "somewhat" more, I'm afraid. It's probably about £10 more in the current economic situation...

Re:Perfectly legal way of doing business! (1)

TaoPhoenix (980487) | more than 4 years ago | (#31869652)

Have you seen the number of popups Pr0n pages spawn? Perhaps you mean $10 (YourCurrencyMayVary) per popup!

Re:Perfectly legal way of doing business! (1)

Silfax (1246468) | more than 4 years ago | (#31870040)

Have you seen the number of popups Pr0n pages spawn? Perhaps you mean $10 (YourCurrencyMayVary) per popup!

Lots of things popup while viewing Pr0n pages, but not always on the screen. At $10/popup Viagra is probably cheaper.

hmm (1)

WeeBit (961530) | more than 4 years ago | (#31869450)

bored teens maybe? They are not asking for much. Less than twenty bucks. But I don't know how far 1500 yen will go either. Or it could be they think the malware will infect a lot of computers. shrugs.

Re:hmm (1)

Patrik_AKA_RedX (624423) | more than 4 years ago | (#31870110)

I don't think it's dumb. How many would rather pay a small amount and have it over with, than go through a whole legal battle? If they were asking a large amount, people would be more likely to put up a fight.

Gee, (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31869492)

Let all download this malware - and sign up as some RIAA president or lawyer when this web page ask for the name.

Bogus in - bogus out.... sound like the plan !!

Winny? (4, Interesting)

EdZ (755139) | more than 4 years ago | (#31869520)

Serves them right for using an ancient system (two generations behind, PD (Perfect Dark) via Share). This is like someone still using, say, Kazaa, and being surprised there are fake files.

Re:Winny? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31870142)

Well you could say the same about Perfect Dark considering there is a high probability that its anonymization has been broken. Some arrests in Japan of people using it to share copyrighted items and at least one group claiming they cracked the whole thing.

Fact check (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31869540)

"used by up to 200m people" Really? I request a fact check here on this, that's more then the entire population of Japan!

Re:Fact check (2, Funny)

slickepott (733214) | more than 4 years ago | (#31869952)

I was actually wondering about this. Is it 200 millipeople or 200 meters of people?

Re:Fact check (1)

rjames13 (1178191) | more than 4 years ago | (#31870038)

Note that is 200m little m which means 200milli people 10^-3. If it had said 200M that would be 200Mega people which is 10^6.

Wonderful reporting courtesy of the BBC (4, Informative)

onlysolution (941392) | more than 4 years ago | (#31869592)

I think it's worth pointing that Winni is used almost exclusively by the Japanese, and the total population of Japan is still under 130 million people. The 200 million users figure put forth by the BBC is a bad guess at best, and completely made up at worst. I honestly expected better from the BBS, but why should factual reporting get in the way of writing a sensational story?

Re:Wonderful reporting courtesy of the BBC (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31869638)

And I get a kick out of things like this popping up when I keep having to hear from japaenese about how viruses/malware is a foreigner-only thing the same way copyright infringement is a foreigner-only thing. So this kind of thing is like a double slap in their face. :)

Not that they'd ever let themselves believe a single japanese person was involved in any of this.

Re:Wonderful reporting courtesy of the BBC (1)

WrongSizeGlass (838941) | more than 4 years ago | (#31869866)

The 200 million number is probably the number of accounts, not real people. I'd venture a guess that there are simply some enthusiasts who just have more than one account ;-)

Re:Wonderful reporting courtesy of the BBC (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31870246)

70 Million are tentacle monsters

Re:Wonderful reporting courtesy of the BBC (1)

TapeCutter (624760) | more than 4 years ago | (#31870280)

"I honestly expected better from the BBS"

Can't quite put my finger on the joke but I'm thinking; Murdoch, budget cuts, dinosours....

But seriously TFA states "used by up to 200m people". The key phrase being "up to" meaning they couldn't find accurate stats on unique users.

I couldn't help but think... (3, Interesting)

augi01 (1209002) | more than 4 years ago | (#31869692)

Why would an individual care if his or her browsing history is published online? Employers search for Facebook or MySpace pages because these websites contain 'proof' that you behaved in some way or other (e.g. pictures), but a browsing history does not tell them anything other than, 'a computer in my household has accessed these websites at some point in time or other,' which can easily be accounted for by explaining that a friend pranked your machine with tentacle porn or your children were just really excited about Misty and Ash Ketchum.

But perhaps the real emphasis is on the following, from TFA:

A fictitious organization calling itself the ICPP copyright foundation issues threatening pop-ups and letters after a virus searches the computer hard drive for illegal content - regardless of whether it actually finds anything. It offers a "pretrial settlement" fine of $400 (£258) payable by credit card, and warns of costly court cases and even jail sentences if the victim ignores the notice.

If an individual knows that they have illegal content on their HDD they might opt for this $400.00 settlement, as past copyright infringement suits have cost individuals hefty sums.

Re:I couldn't help but think... (1)

Angua (1732766) | more than 4 years ago | (#31869762)

Why would an individual care if his or her browsing history is published online? Employers search for Facebook or MySpace pages because these websites contain 'proof' that you behaved in some way or other (e.g. pictures), but a browsing history does not tell them anything other than, 'a computer in my household has accessed these websites at some point in time or other,' which can easily be accounted for by explaining that a friend pranked your machine with tentacle porn or your children were just really excited about Misty and Ash Ketchum.

True, but if you are looking for a job, then this may be the thing that stops you from getting an interview. And in Japan, the competition is steep, I hear.

Re:I couldn't help but think... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31869924)

Mmm since when do japanese courts issue fines in $ or £ ? Besides ICPP is not associated with MAFIAA, it is yet another fake organization claiming to defend copyrights (of books/music/videos it has no rights to). Google for ICPP scam to learn more.

Re:I couldn't help but think... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31870124)

a browsing history does not tell them anything other than, 'a computer in my household has accessed these websites at some point in time or other,' which can easily be accounted for by explaining that a friend pranked your machine with tentacle porn or your children were just really excited about Misty and Ash Ketchum.

Ah, you are doing a grave mistake: assuming plausible deniability is worth a damn.

People will asume the easy answer: you are a pervert who likes schoolgirl-rape. This will include prosecution and judges if it's relevant in your country.

You may have missed it but socially we never were a "in dubio pro reo" society outside of court (that applies no matter where your society may be). Legally, all countries that upheld this ideal are moving away from it, especially in "on the internet" cases.

Don't try to hide behind plausible deniability, because you will be the only one who believes it, no matter how true it might be.

Public Website? (3, Informative)

pgn674 (995941) | more than 4 years ago | (#31869878)

For this to be effective, either the website needs to be highly publicized, or the user needs to be stupid or in a panic. I can't image the web site can be publicly known for long; virus maintainers have a hard enough time keeping their private servers up and connectable. I wonder how the virus convinces the user that their private history will be available for peruse by their friends/coworkers/family?

Symantec has some information on the virus: HTTP Infostealer Kenzero Activity: Attack Signature - Symantec Corp. [symantec.com]

spond6e (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31869942)

Else up their aases Was after a long

Someone should tag this "Sony" (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31869962)

Japanese, Malware, Copyright? It sure seems like Sony.

i'm sorry (1)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 4 years ago | (#31870152)

but this is the first virus i ever actually rooted for

what a demented, hilarious scheme

It doesn't publish your name and details (2, Interesting)

petes_PoV (912422) | more than 4 years ago | (#31870222)

... it publishes the name and details that you enter in it's registration form.

This sounds to me like a possible double-blackmail, where a person deliberately downloads this trojan, enters the personal details of someone they dislike, or wish to extract money from, or wants to get fired and threatens or actually hits . Off goes the personal info, plus whatever you've seeded that machine's surfing history with.

The obvious third phase is then fro the victim to sue the publishing website for defamation, since you (the blackmailer) never entered that information and have been misrepresented by the false information they've published. Sounds like everybody wins!

Hyprocrits (1)

wprowe (754923) | more than 4 years ago | (#31870332)

How hypocritical for a site that bases it whole business model on copyright infringement, and advocates it, would then blackmail you for it.
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