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Ikatako Virus Replaces Victims' Files With Pictures of Squid

timothy posted more than 4 years ago | from the c-before-n-except-before-q dept.

Piracy 105

An anonymous reader writes "Ikatako is a virus that spreads through Japanese P2P network Winny, aided by the pirates' lack of wit. Once downloaded and run, the virus sends their data to a central server and replaces it with cephalopod and cnidarian imagery. Japanese hacker (and virus creator) Masato Nakatsuji thought he wouldn't be arrested this time. However, Japanese police considered the files in Japanese pirates' hard drives to be more important than his manga depictions of octopods and other tentacled fauna."

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cephalopods are no crime (3, Funny)

Trepidity (597) | more than 4 years ago | (#33255788)

Screw Japan, free cephalopods!

But echinoderms are(was: cephalopods are no crime) (3, Funny)

ralfmuschall (1782380) | more than 4 years ago | (#33256108)

True, but he also installed also pics of sea urchins, who are the enemy in the Great Invertebrate War.

Re:But echinoderms are(was: cephalopods are no cri (1)

Randle_Revar (229304) | more than 4 years ago | (#33257442)

But please remember, sea urchins are echinoderms, not cnidarians (those would be corals, sea anemones, hydra and jellyfish).

Re:But echinoderms are(was: cephalopods are no cri (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33260082)

NEEEEEEEEERD!

Oh wait.

Re:cephalopods are no crime (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33256154)

But they're so creepy. They're creepy and even T-rex is afraid of them. [qwantz.com]

squid pro quo (5, Funny)

maweki (999634) | more than 4 years ago | (#33255810)

squid pro quo

Re:squid pro quo (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33255914)

he programmed in octal

Re:squid pro quo (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33255944)

Since squid have 10 arms, wouldn't that be decimal?

Re:squid pro quo (1)

FuckingNickName (1362625) | more than 4 years ago | (#33256002)

I don't know about you, but I have two ARM cross-compilers installed.

Re:squid pro quo (1)

Smooth and Shiny (1097089) | more than 4 years ago | (#33256308)

That was a bit of a stretch.

Re:squid pro quo (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33257924)

Your humor is too strong for me

Re:squid pro quo (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33256100)

that's 12 in octal

Re:squid pro quo (1)

DarkKnightRadick (268025) | more than 4 years ago | (#33256256)

I thought octopi had 8 arms. Wouldn't that be hex?

Re:squid pro quo (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33256296)

I thought octopi had 8 arms. Wouldn't that be hex?

octopodes

Re:squid pro quo (1)

DarkKnightRadick (268025) | more than 4 years ago | (#33256482)

http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/octopi [wiktionary.org]
http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/octopi [merriam-webster.com]

http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/octopode [wiktionary.org]

It's interesting to note that only Wiktionary has octopode where as M-W.com doesn't (at least not in their freely available dictionary).

Re:squid pro quo (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33256990)

The fact that there are lots of idiotic, stupid, mentally stunted pseudo-intellectuals who form all words as though they are Latin, doesn't make you right by popular vote. Most people think Toronto is the capital of Canada, but popular ignorance doesn't alter reality. You're still totally dead wrong. Octopuses is the plural, Octopus is an English word. If you don't like English, speak Latin, since you worship it so much. Oh wait, Octopus isn't even a Latin word, you fucking idiot. Octopi is wrong, octopodes is wrong (but much much more correct that Octopi), it's Octopuses, just like it's Viruses. And, don't give me any "if it makes sense it's proper English, communication is all that matters, not stupid arbitrary rules!!!!" Alphabetical but doesn't English in it make most order proper sense sentences still that.

Re:squid pro quo (1)

Thinboy00 (1190815) | more than 4 years ago | (#33258130)

The fact that the word in question is in M-W suggests you're the one who's wrong. M-W isn't Wiktionary:it doesn't use consensus.

Re:squid pro quo (2, Funny)

JustOK (667959) | more than 4 years ago | (#33258466)

Yah! Toronto is a province. The capital of Canada is C.

Re:squid pro quo (1)

euphemistic (1850880) | more than 4 years ago | (#33260164)

Basically octopi is wrong. People went "oh, this must be a latin word and everyone knows every latin word that ends in -us is pluraised to -i". Which is a rule with which many (most perhaps?) but not all words comply. Compound this with the problem that it's not even a latin word, it's greek. Octopi is one of those hypercorrect plurals (along with platypi, etc) that have become the norm despite being objectively incorrect to begin with.

If you want to make octopus a plural, in greek it becomes octopodes, in latin it even becomes octopodes too. In english? That's up to you, I usually just use "octopuses" to avoid confusion with the people who didn't spend too many years studying Latin like I did.

Re:squid pro quo (1)

DarkKnightRadick (268025) | more than 4 years ago | (#33260380)

So Wiktionary was right in calling octopi hypercorrect and M-W needs to update. That's all I needed to know.

The others that went all out bat-crazy on me...well...

Re:squid pro quo (1)

beelsebob (529313) | more than 4 years ago | (#33256304)

The key being that squids are not octopi, they're decapods.

Re:squid pro quo (1)

DarkKnightRadick (268025) | more than 4 years ago | (#33256476)

squid-octopus virus. Not just squid.

Re:squid pro quo (1)

Randle_Revar (229304) | more than 4 years ago | (#33257454)

some of them are

Re:squid pro quo (1)

beelsebob (529313) | more than 4 years ago | (#33257546)

No, all of them are decapods.

Class: Cephalopoda
Subclass: Coleoidea
Superorder: Decapodiformes
Order: Teuthida.

Re:squid pro quo (1)

gnasher719 (869701) | more than 4 years ago | (#33257066)

thought octopi had 8 arms. Wouldn't that be hex?

Japanese consider them to have eight legs, not eight arms. Seriously.

Re:squid pro quo (1)

DarkKnightRadick (268025) | more than 4 years ago | (#33258520)

That's even more disturbing.

Re:squid pro quo (1)

Lemmy Caution (8378) | more than 4 years ago | (#33259182)

You might want to check what the word "octopus" actually means.

Re:squid pro quo (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33258742)

hex is 16
oct is 8

Re:squid pro quo (1)

DarkKnightRadick (268025) | more than 4 years ago | (#33259148)

maths fail ):

Re:squid pro quo (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33257150)

Obviously someone who loves his craft. Perhaps a new O-cult is forming?

Re:squid pro quo (1)

lxs (131946) | more than 4 years ago | (#33257462)

I see that you did there.

Re:squid pro quo (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33258290)

hahahahaha awesome. simple and funny. unlike the child +5 funny...

cephalopod hentai? (0, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33255814)

oh dear lord...

Re:cephalopod hentai? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33256206)

What? What do you want now? Can't I even get a day off?

Re:cephalopod hentai? (5, Informative)

prash_n_rao (465747) | more than 4 years ago | (#33256238)

Some might call it "art". Check this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dream_of_the_Fisherman's_Wife [wikipedia.org]

Re:cephalopod hentai? (1)

DarkKnightRadick (268025) | more than 4 years ago | (#33256258)

I had no idea tentacle porn was so old.

We are doomed.

Re:cephalopod hentai? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33257410)

I had no idea tentacle porn was so old.

We are doomed.

You backwards Western barbarian, while your ancestors were still painting themselves blue and living in caves, sexual perversion was already running rampant in Asian societies .

Re:cephalopod hentai? (1)

DarkKnightRadick (268025) | more than 4 years ago | (#33258506)

You mean, Africa and the Middle East, ostensibly the cradle of humanity (whether or not you buy into creationism or evolution, both are based in those areas), didn't have sexual perversion before Asian societies?

Ikatako Virus Replaces Victims' Files With Picture (3, Insightful)

omar.sahal (687649) | more than 4 years ago | (#33255828)

he felt he would not be arrested again because he had created the manga images for Ikatako himself, therefore avoiding a violation of the copyright law.

If one of the motivations for such people to hack others computers is to prove how smart they are, this is epic fail.
Perhaps we need to just take the micky out people like this so at least younger kids don't see hacking others computers as a very smart thing to do.

Re:Ikatako Virus Replaces Victims' Files With Pict (1)

sakdoctor (1087155) | more than 4 years ago | (#33255850)

All I really wanted from TFA was a picture of the squid.

I guess this could be the squid in question [scforum.info]

Re:Ikatako Virus Replaces Victims' Files With Pict (1)

sakdoctor (1087155) | more than 4 years ago | (#33255856)

Yeah ok, that's an octopus. Haven't started on my first coffee of the day yet.

Re:Ikatako Virus Replaces Victims' Files With Pict (2, Informative)

theTerribleRobbo (661592) | more than 4 years ago | (#33256176)

If it's any consolation, "ikatako" is a word that's just "squid" and "octopus" stuck together (ika / tako).

Re:Ikatako Virus Replaces Victims' Files With Pict (1)

TheTurtlesMoves (1442727) | more than 4 years ago | (#33256158)

There have been and always will be vandals.

Re:Ikatako Virus Replaces Victims' Files With Pict (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33256334)

Yes, you are correct. Anyone that shows a deep interest in computers or software, especially the younger generation, should be put in jail. No wait, the death penalty! Yeah, that'll shut 'em up real good. Now everyone can go back to their cookie-cutter life.

Re:Ikatako Virus Replaces Victims' Files With Pict (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33256398)

> Perhaps we need to just take the micky out people like this so at least younger kids don't see hacking others computers as a very smart thing to do.

Perhaps we should teach younger kids what "hacking" really mean, so they start naming things for what they really are: property destruction, trespassing or invading in this case.

And thus, certain people would have one less device to prevent innovation. BTW, and generally speaking, preventing innovation is arguably one form of evil.

Hacking is just as badly viewed as elucubration (at least, in my country); these activities are hated by those who abhor thinking and favor brainless action (though, of course, anything in excess is damaging).

Nakatsuji a hacker? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33255834)

Nakatsuji a hacker? Nah, cut, sued, gee - what a surprise.

No pics? (3, Funny)

ChrisK87 (901429) | more than 4 years ago | (#33255836)

The quality of this alleged cephalopod manga is clearly relevant to how serious a crime this is. We need to see these pictures before we can make a judgment.

Re:No pics? (-1, Troll)

ion++ (134665) | more than 4 years ago | (#33255880)

Fuck you! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33255932)

damnit, I'v been rickrolled!@!@!

The Unspeakable... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33256244)

quick google search [google.co.jp]
enjoy.

"Your Rights Online"? (1, Insightful)

Gnavpot (708731) | more than 4 years ago | (#33255842)

Sorry, but how is this a YRO issue?

Re:"Your Rights Online"? (5, Informative)

deep9x (1068252) | more than 4 years ago | (#33255870)

Well, in TFA it mentions it's the first time that anyone in Japan has been charged with "property destruction" for creating a virus. Also, he created all the images himself so he wouldn't get arrested for copyright infringement. Of course, none of this is made clear in the summary, and I think the latter point is more him being a smartass. I thought maybe he was a mis-aimed White Hat, but no, he was collecting the data from the affected computers as well and just hanging onto it. So, I guess that falls under YRO as a general "computer law" issue, but it's kind of an unnecessary story since it's just a guy getting arrested for making a virus. How original!

Re:"Your Rights Online"? (2, Interesting)

Gnavpot (708731) | more than 4 years ago | (#33255904)

Yes, I read TFA too. But the reason for my question was: How is it a YRO issue that you get arrested after making a harmful virus and spreading it. Would anyone here think that this should NOT be punishable?

As I understand the YRO category, it is mainly used for cases where there is a difference between what we think should be allowed/disallowed/possible, and what authorities/courts/companies/legislators think should be allowed/disallowed/possible. And I see no such difference here.

Of course it is funny that he thought he could legally get away with destroying other peoples' files as long as he made sure not to use any copyrighted material in the process. But that belongs in the Idle category, I think.

Re:"Your Rights Online"? (3, Interesting)

ChrisK87 (901429) | more than 4 years ago | (#33255952)

Perhaps it's because one of "your rights online" is "to not have your files arbitrarily replaced with octopus manga".

Re:"Your Rights Online"? (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33255988)

I don't think /. editors should decide on beforehand what I think is right/wrong. This is related to internet laws so it fits in the YRO category.

Re:"Your Rights Online"? (1)

Bigjeff5 (1143585) | more than 4 years ago | (#33257752)

If you look on the left hand side of the page there, you'll notice there aren't really any other categories for legal stuff, and technically speaking all things related to the legal system have to do your rights.

So, it may seem like a bit of a stretch, but yes writing a virus that destroys people's files is definitely a YRO issue. For example, if it were legal to write viruses that destroyed people's hard drive, and then Congress passed a law to stop it, would that not be a YRO issue? It seems to fit the bill in every way. This is the same thing, only coming from the other side. This naive Japanese programmer has taken it upon himself to test the legality of various nefarious online activities.

I just find it amazing that they got him on copyright infringement, of all things, for his first virus. That definitely shows you where Japanese priorities are - and I thought copyright law was bad in the US!

Property destruction or not? (1)

TimTucker (982832) | more than 4 years ago | (#33256620)

The article seems a little unclear as to whether or not destruction of files really took place.

On the one hand, it says that the files in question could not be recovered from the users' systems since they were overwritten.

On the other hand, it says that they were uploaded to a central server.

So were they "destroyed" or not?

Re:Property destruction or not? (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33256714)

Sounds like a clear case of theft then if the file was basically "moved" to a central server. Most of the time on forums like this people are always arguing how making a copy isn't theft since the original has not been affected or taken. In this case, the original is gone. So it seems to meet the test for "this was theft"...

Re:"Your Rights Online"? (1, Offtopic)

Arancaytar (966377) | more than 4 years ago | (#33255966)

It concerns the violation of your right not to quarter squids on your computer. It's a little known unwritten addendum to the third amendment.

Re:"Your Rights Online"? (1)

Pikoro (844299) | more than 4 years ago | (#33256274)

I live in Japan you insensitive clod!

Tentacle P...ictures? (4, Funny)

tnok85 (1434319) | more than 4 years ago | (#33255858)

Can you imagine the shock when you open your porn folder to find it's all tentacles... err, I mean, can you imagine the shock when somebody who doesn't post on /. opens their porn folder to find it's all tentacles?

Re:Tentacle P...ictures? (3, Interesting)

symes (835608) | more than 4 years ago | (#33256032)

I see you are schooled in the art of octoporn [urbandictionary.com] - considered a delicacy in some countries. From the Urban Dictionary:

Octoporn: Pornography that depicts an, in fact, real octopus being ejected from a human orifice. The act is classically accompanied by a copious amount of unappetizing muscular contractions. The resulting ejection is considered a delicacy in at least nine countries.

Re:Tentacle P...ictures? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33256254)

What the fuck? Don't people know about their beaks and suction strength? And the bacteria!? Gahh! It may never decide to come out.... FFS, I need to go blow my brains out to cleanse this mental image.

Re:Tentacle P...ictures? (1)

sesshomaru (173381) | more than 4 years ago | (#33258914)

Yes but remember, this is Japan. Tentacle porn there has existed since The Dream of the Fisherman's Wife. [wikimedia.org]

PIX! (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33255876)

What? No pics?

Schneier claims it's not him... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33255894)

http://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2010/08/squid_computer.html

oh well.. I don't know anyone else that got a fetish for squids

Please Don't Squid Me !! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33255920)

Please don't Judas me
Treat me as you like to be treated
Please don't blacklist me
Leave me as you'd wish to find me
Don't analyze me, sacrifice me
Please don't Judas me.

Please don't chastise me
Show me just one shred of kindness
Try to help me see
Guide me in my eyes of blindness
Don't despise me, categorize me
Please don't Judas me.

No, no don't Judas me
No, please don't Judas me

Please don't head shrink me
Don't disguise your innuendos
Tell no lies to me
I can see the way the wind blows
Don't debase me, annihilate me
Please don't Judas me.

Please don't number me
Don't betray my trusted promise
Please don't anger me
I find it hard to bear no malice
Don't frustrate me, manipulate me
Please don't Judas me

No, no don't Judas me
No, please don't Judas me

It was probably a paid hit (3, Funny)

BlindRobin (768267) | more than 4 years ago | (#33255922)

I suspect that P.Z. Myers hired him or one of his minions of the Pharyngula hoard

Re:It was probably a paid hit (1)

MZeora (1707054) | more than 4 years ago | (#33256146)

Wouldn't you think then they would target creationism supporters - or at least guise it with a few randoms?
4 randoms - then BAM got Ken Ham's HDD full of squiddy goodness.

I would also suspect 4chan being in on it.

I assume that you meant (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33255948)

a Windows Virus.

What did the virus mask itself as on P2P? (1)

Arancaytar (966377) | more than 4 years ago | (#33255970)

Tentacle porn?

worthless without pics (4, Funny)

roman_mir (125474) | more than 4 years ago | (#33255998)

insane, they TALK about an image in this so called story instead of displaying it!

Ok, here [fixie-king.dk] are some [gstatic.com] pictures [michaelstarrart.com] to make [coolest-gadgets.com] the story [gstatic.com] worth [wordpress.com] the 5 minutes [ua.adme.ru] /. is going [armsport.am] to waste [svezhak.org.ua] on it.

Re:worthless without pics (1)

EqualSlash (690076) | more than 4 years ago | (#33257840)

>> insane, they TALK about an image in this so called story instead of displaying it!
There's a video on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwaAArO_CZw [youtube.com]

Re:worthless without pics (1)

roman_mir (125474) | more than 4 years ago | (#33258446)

now that's a son of a bitch, imagine some poor schmucks losing their videos, photos, documents. This Masato Nakatsuji character should harakiri himself before someone else does it. I have created a number of viruses but never released them to unsuspecting audience, it's just mean, and in this case also stupid.

BTW., that video is actually taken with a camcorder, that's a riot.

A "hardened" computer hacker? (2, Insightful)

sco08y (615665) | more than 4 years ago | (#33256028)

FTFA:

A hardened computer hacker has been arrested on suspicion of writing a computer virus that systematically destroys all the files on victims' PCs and replaces them with homemade manga images of squid, octopuses and sea urchins.

Maybe it's because of his past acts?

He was collared in 2008 for violating copyright laws by creating a computer virus that replaced data with an anime image. He was serving a suspended sentence for that offense when he was arrested in connection with the latest virus.

Obviously there's a pattern of acts of mass cartoonery...

Re:A "hardened" computer hacker? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33256210)

Maybe it's because of his past acts?

Yup, it's because of his past act. Source is asahi.com; they're okay with a presumption of guilt on the second act. It's part of how Japan works. They have an absurdly high conviction rate. Basically, the police interrogate the hell out of the accused, keeping no records and no time limit, until they have a considerable 'confession' to hand to the prosecution, who presents it to a judge, sans jury.

Admittedly they're /finally/ starting to bitch for recording interrogations, and they've introduced a /type/ of jury system last year, but the system has never been, and is not yet, anything like one based on the English legal system. So you've always got to wonder what really happened. Maybe this one is as weird as it appears, and maybe it's not, and maybe it's even weirder. You don't know; welcome to Japan. Which means this story gets an extra helping of bizarro-flavor when you read it.

Re:A "hardened" computer hacker? (2, Funny)

flyneye (84093) | more than 4 years ago | (#33256602)

If only we could send black hats, virus writers and script kiddies everywhere to Japan for proper sorting and disposal.

           

I, for one (1)

Latent Heat (558884) | more than 4 years ago | (#33258112)

welcome our new cephalapod overlords!

Cephalapod fetish hacker scooped in police dragnet (4, Funny)

qwerty8ytrewq (1726472) | more than 4 years ago | (#33256112)

Everything was going swimmingly until he got hooked, line and sinker by the police who smelt something fishy. I wonder if he was acting on behalf of Sid The Squid [independent.co.uk] a thieving octopus who was released early last year from NZ.

Re:Cephalapod fetish hacker scooped in police drag (1)

hyades1 (1149581) | more than 4 years ago | (#33256340)

Some might say he was played for a sucker.

Re:Cephalapod fetish hacker scooped in police drag (1)

Romberg (1041416) | more than 4 years ago | (#33257518)

Squidward Tentacles is assisting police with their inquiries.

Release the Kraken (1)

ivan_w (1115485) | more than 4 years ago | (#33256126)

Release the Kraken

China Mieville (1)

Rational (1990) | more than 4 years ago | (#33256148)

I'm currently reading China Mieville's Kraken, so this strikes me as a possible sign of the ends of the world.

Submitter: stop trying to be clever (4, Insightful)

synthesizerpatel (1210598) | more than 4 years ago | (#33256170)

You manage to obscure the actual content of the story by misdirection and lack of information.

I realize the motivation behind writing 'teaser' articles -- get people to read the full article rather than just the summary.

But it ends up being like Network News

"7 things in your pantry that can give you EBOLA... coming up after these commercials!"

Please stop.

Re:Submitter: stop trying to be clever (1)

Dunbal (464142) | more than 4 years ago | (#33256290)

Perhaps you're giving them too much credit and they really are trying to emulate network news - news for retards. See why your local dentist may be more than a mouthful. Coming up next!

Re:Submitter: stop trying to be clever (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33256300)

Thanks, I am glad you enjoyed it. Next time blame the editors who chose to publish it without my witty title... ... and the sentence explaining that he was charged with destruction of "property".

What's amazing about this case is that the "victims" were actually violating the Japanese law by downloading copyrighted files, while Nakatsuji is not, but the Police has something against "virus" writers and uses whatever unconstitutional and illegal way they can think of to bust them.

Other than that, the summary depicts the facts pretty well, and got itself published. Next time I might get a Pulitzer.

RTFA.

Signed,
Anonymous Coward.

Re:Submitter: stop trying to be clever (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33256816)

Okay I apologize for forgetting the echinoderms.

m(_ _)m orz -8

Who use winny anyway? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33256264)

Do anyone really use Winny? I thought it were replaced with Perfect Dark for years ago. Maybe PD isnt a successor?

Re:Who use winny anyway? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33258718)

Since Winny is just now mentioned on tech news, we've just gave the Japanese their own Eternal September of sleep deprived loser otakus wanting anime and hentai.

Nice job breaking it, hero.

FYI: Strange sense of pursuit of quality (4, Informative)

tai (83156) | more than 4 years ago | (#33256284)

Just FYI, many Japanese geeks were amazed by his "pursuit of quality" shown on Japanese TV news.

[WASTE OF TALENT] On "Excessive quality" of Ika-Tako virus's illustration and character background.
- http://zeark969.blog38.fc2.com/blog-entry-1668.html [fc2.com]

Althrough page above is in Japanese, I'd say a picture is worth a thousand words.

Don't tell Sea Shepherd (0, Offtopic)

ducomputergeek (595742) | more than 4 years ago | (#33256362)

Else they'll start trying to destroy hardrives with virtual butyric acid

All files? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33256542)

If the virus is left unchecked, all files in the computer's hard disk become infected

How does it infect a text file? With number 33 [wordpress.com] [*]?

[*] Ceterum censeo Virgulapuncto esse unicodifectum.

DOUBLE FAIL! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33256588)

Bwahahahaha, "Nakatsuji, who was convicted for violating copyrights in his previous case, was quoted as telling police he felt he would not be arrested again because he had created the manga images for Ikatako himself, therefore avoiding a violation of the copyright law."

            So he's done this before. Got popped the first time. Thought he'd just do it again. Wonder if they have the "punk in the bunk" tradition in Japan as in the U.S. prisons? If so this chump is pougeybait. More blackhats should get gaped, it's only fitting. There could be a Japanese T.V. show about punishing blackhats and script kiddies.

Re:DOUBLE FAIL! (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33257154)

You know why there's so much violent crime in the US? Because the psychopaths know that, thanks to people like you, they will be constantly supplied with sex slaves paid for by our tax dollars.

Schneier! (1)

LambdaWolf (1561517) | more than 4 years ago | (#33256670)

Naturally, I couldn't even glance at this headline without thinking of Bruce Schneier. He has written a post on his blog disclaiming responsibility. [schneier.com] On the other hand, if there's anyone at all who can hunt down the perpetrators... this will easily be the most epic cyber-battle ever!

(From the "don't explain the joke" department: Schneier is a well-respected and, some say, godlike [schneierfacts.com] security expert. He has a tradition or running joke of "Friday Squid Blogging" where he posts something squid-related every Friday. I couldn't turn up an explanation of it, but I assume it's because he likes squids.)

This is the Japanese police's fault (3, Interesting)

erroneus (253617) | more than 4 years ago | (#33257248)

They charged him somewhat improperly the first time and so the criminal was confused about what his REAL crime was.

Dealing with Japanese people frequently, I encounter similar communications problems in that the most important issues aren't mentioned often enough. Quite frequently, they only mention one reason or one problem or one symptom. For whatever reason, they feel no need to add more for completeness or accuracy. It is interesting to see that they not only do this to me, but they do it to themselves as well. So they charge him the first time on copyright infringement. Naturally, he believes that is the extent of what he did wrong the first time since there was no mention of other crimes in his original charges. So, he does it again...

The first time I encountered this strange behavior, it was with a Japanese girlfriend. If I asked her to do something and she didn't want to, she would offer a reason why not. And after addressing the concern, she would come up with another reason why not. Eventually, I would get to the core reason(s) why not, but only after persistently digging into the issue. At first, I thought it was just her. But after working with Japanese people extensively, I have found that this is rather common. So when dealing with Japanese users, they might offer up a single problem or symptom omitting any additional information. Naturally, I either assume the problem is one thing that it is not based on the absence of important symptoms described or that it is a new issue not yet encountered before. I know these people are not stupid. But I remain mystified as to how this peculiarity of communication has come to be.

While I recognize that Japanese culture and communications are strongly tied to context and general assumption of knowledge and understanding, it would seem they are so accustomed to that level of incompleteness of expression that it is simply so engrained into their thinking that it is applied to everything. Often I wonder why so many of their TV shows contain subtitles, but this goes a long way to explaining why.

In any case, I believe this is a clear case of them doing it to themselves this time! "Oh! So I was arrested for copyright infringement! Okay, so next time I will draw my own pictures and it won't be a problem!" Lovely. Cultural inbreeding....

Re:This is the Japanese police's fault (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33261402)

The first time I encountered this strange behavior, it was with a Japanese girlfriend. If I asked her to do something and she didn't want to, she would offer a reason why not. And after addressing the concern, she would come up with another reason why not. Eventually, I would get to the core reason(s) why not, but only after persistently digging into the issue.

What place of earth do you live on where women do tell you immediately the core reason behind whatever they refuse to do? Seriously.

TFS mentions pirates -- why? (1)

SpammersAreScum (697628) | more than 4 years ago | (#33257804)

There's no mention of pirates or piracy in TFA. So why is it in TFS??? It's a red herring.

Octopus? (1)

TandooriC (1525601) | more than 4 years ago | (#33260476)

Paul? Is that you?
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