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Japanese Cops Collar Malware-Carrying Cat

Soulskill posted about 2 years ago | from the adorable-security-threats dept.

Japan 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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CFC forever (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42537331)

-A- is shit.

Re:CFC forever (-1, Offtopic)

earlzdotnet (2788729) | about 2 years ago | (#42537433)

If I had points I'd mod this down so hard

Re:CFC forever (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42537455)

Doesn't change the fact -A- is shit.

Re:CFC forever (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42537651)

Could someone explain parents parent, um, grand-parent, to me?

A letter being shit seems irrelevant to TFS, but what am I missing here that it needs mod down?

Re:CFC forever (0)

morethanapapercert (749527) | about 2 years ago | (#42538877)

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.

Re:CFC forever (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#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 (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#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.

Cop quote: (1)

Tablizer (95088) | about 2 years ago | (#42537343)

"I stopped it because it was acting catty."

Re:Cop quote: (1)

Tablizer (95088) | about 2 years ago | (#42537655)

and the rookie was ordered to check the litter box

Re:Cop quote: (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42538835)

instead of pussy footing around They need to start acting like american cops and beat some random black guy to death.

Re:Cop quote: (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42539007)

instead of pussy footing around They need to start acting like american cops and beat some random black guy to death.

In this case they had to beat down a chinese man. He had information on the whereabouts of the cat.

Re:Cop quote: (0)

Hognoxious (631665) | about 2 years ago | (#42539509)

In this case they had to beat down a chinese man. He had information on the whereabouts of the cat.

It was in his wok.

Hang on, is that the Koreans?

Re:Cop quote: (1)

Dishevel (1105119) | about 2 years ago | (#42539693)

The victim does not need to be black [wikipedia.org] .

How about "extracting" a confession out instead? (2)

denzacar (181829) | about 2 years ago | (#42540443)

From TFA:

Japan's well-resourced National Police Agency (NPA) was embarrassed after it emerged officers had extracted "confessions" from four people who had nothing to do with the emails.

TFA does not mention the color of confessors' skin.

So it's a (1)

Tablizer (95088) | about 2 years ago | (#42537373)

Copy Cat

CATS! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42537411)

They're tired of us using their pics on the net.... Payback is comming!

Re:CATS! (5, Funny)

Tablizer (95088) | about 2 years ago | (#42537525)

Kitty porn?

Re:CATS! (1)

eugene ts wong (231154) | about 2 years ago | (#42539743)

If I were a cat, and if I were tired of you using photos of me on the web, and if I were to going to give you payback, then do you *really* think that I would give you free porn photos of me?

My master, on the hand...

Nice try cat... (1)

denzacar (181829) | about 2 years ago | (#42540893)

Trying to make us think that a dog wrote that. Even referring to a human as your "master".
Dogs are not capable of conjuring such a deceitful line of thought without breaking into praise of balls, either organic or rubber ones. Several times.

The real crime... (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42537425)

Having read the article it seems the real crime to be investigated here would come from:

In a particularly embarrassing episode of the investigation, the Japanese police arrested four of those unsuspecting individuals and extracted "confessions" from them, only for other institutions to receive threats containing details that only the real criminal behind the scheme would know - while the four were in custody.

Re:The real crime... (4, Interesting)

TheCarp (96830) | about 2 years ago | (#42537623)

But its ok.... every other confession they have gotten was totally legit, as will the next ones.

I have seen claims that standard LEO questioning techniques have been found to be able to extract confessions in up to 90% of cases, totally independentally of the persons innocence or guilt.

Yet, confessions continue to be held up as meaning something.

Re:The real crime... (4, Funny)

SJHillman (1966756) | about 2 years ago | (#42537753)

It does seem like Low Earth Orbit questioning techniques would be effective, even on people not normally afraid of heights. Or oxygen deprivation.

Re:The real crime... (1)

a_hanso (1891616) | about 2 years ago | (#42543541)

Low Earth Orbit nuking techniques are even more effective. One might even say it is the only way to be 100% effective.

Re:The real crime... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42538439)

Is it a coincidence, that 90% of prisoners in the US are there on confessions alone?

Re:The real crime... (1)

kelemvor4 (1980226) | about 2 years ago | (#42539041)

Is it a coincidence, that 90% of prisoners in the US are there on confessions alone?

[citation needed]

Plea bargins (2)

SomethingOrOther (521702) | about 2 years ago | (#42543631)

Is it a coincidence, that 90% of prisoners in the US are there on confessions alone?
[citation needed]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plea_bargaining_in_the_United_States [wikipedia.org]

Because of this, people who might have been acquitted because of lack of evidence, or who are in fact truly innocent, will often plead guilty to a charge. Why? In a word, fear.
Theoretical work based on the prisoner's dilemma is one reason why, in many countries (including mine), plea bargaining is illegal.

This is why you DON"T TALK TO POLICE (4, Informative)

brunes69 (86786) | about 2 years ago | (#42539249)

EVER, for ANY reason.

Doesn't matter if you are innocent

Doesn't matter if you are guilty

Doesn't matter if you are just a bystander

Doesn't matter if they are just canvasing the neighborhood

Don't talk to police.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wXkI4t7nuc [youtube.com]

Re:This is why you DON"T TALK TO POLICE (0, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42539893)

Does it matter if you're basking in the glow of your own smug superiority at the time?

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?

Re:This is why you DON"T TALK TO POLICE (5, Insightful)

alexgieg (948359) | about 2 years ago | (#42540129)

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:This is why you DON"T TALK TO POLICE (0)

Chuck Chunder (21021) | about 2 years ago | (#42542693)

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

Everything? But feel free to live your life like a scared little pussy if you want.

Re:This is why you DON"T TALK TO POLICE (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42542905)

Feel free to be an idiot and bet on the police being good people.

Mr. NSA employee.

Re:This is why you DON"T TALK TO POLICE (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42542985)

More then likely kid goes missing they start randomly pulling logs from everyones ISP in the neighborehood and you don't have to say shit. And your a fucking terrorist also if you bothered to use TOR to get your hentai or tranny jollies.

Re:This is why you DON"T TALK TO POLICE (1)

TheCarp (96830) | about 2 years ago | (#42596315)

Actually.... it can happen much simpler than that. In fact, this scenario comes from a lecture by a Law professor: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8z7NC5sgik [youtube.com]

Scenario is simple... lets stick with a child abduction, but he uses a murder. So lets say you go to your mothers house and stay there for the night. During the trip, for the sake of argument, lets assume you had a full tank so didn't stop for gas or get any receipts or other corroborating evidence, and left your cell phone at home, or it was broken, or you just don't have one)

Now the police question you, ask where you were...you tell them. Fine. You told the truth. Good for you, you get a sticker.

However, there is a woman who lives nearby. She was asked, and while talking, she indicates that she remembers seeing you around that evening. She is mistaken of course, as eye witnesses often are.....

Now there is a problem. Your mother, being your mother, is will have any testimony dismissed as....your mother is not considered, alone, a credible witness because of her relationship to you. Its expected that many people's mothers will lie for them. So the eye witness' testimony is generally given much more weight in court.

So while refusing to talk may have raised suspicion, now you have not only raised suspicion, but if you do end up charged with a crime, may find a police officer testifying in court that you lied and gave him an alibi that didn't check out.

Cat on the hot sicilian roof (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42544069)

> DON'T TALK TO POLICE EVER, for ANY reason.
> Doesn't matter if you are innocent
> Doesn't matter if you are guilty
> Doesn't matter if you are just a bystander
> Doesn't matter if they are just canvasing the neighborhood
> Don't talk to police.

Thanks for the insight, Don Corleone!

Omerta, onesta, vendetta is the way of the men! (also bushido)

Re:The real crime... (1)

Sulphur (1548251) | about 2 years ago | (#42539429)

But its ok.... every other confession they have gotten was totally legit, as will the next ones.

I have seen claims that standard LEO questioning techniques have been found to be able to extract confessions in up to 90% of cases, totally independentally of the persons innocence or guilt.

Yet, confessions continue to be held up as meaning something.

Low Earth Orbit?

Re:The real crime... (1)

TheCarp (96830) | about 2 years ago | (#42544339)

Someone already made that joke :) LEO used to stand for Law Enforcement Officer aka the fuzz, bears, smokey, 5-0, po po, or my favorite: Pigs.

Re:The real crime... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42540161)

Look up the 'Reid Technique'. Standard operating procedure for law enforcement, even though it coerces people into false confessions.

I got arrested a few years ago and told the police I was invoking my right to silence. They continued to 'interrogate' me for another three hours with endless questions and intimidation tactics. Apparently you have to re-assert your right to silence over and over again for hours until the police get tired. Luckily I am in Canada so I knew the cops probably wouldn't beat me up like in some other less fortunate countries.

I could see how a lot of people would just 'tell them what they want to hear' to make the ordeal end. Cops don't act like they are portrayed on TV shows like Law and Order. They are actually more like bullies if they decide they are out to get you.

Re:The real crime... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42537787)

In Japan being arrested carries an intense social stigma. Culturally, you're pretty much required to confess because pretty much everyone assumes you are guilty anyway.

Re:The real crime... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42538217)

In Japan being arrested carries an intense social stigma. Culturally, you're pretty much required to confess because pretty much everyone assumes you are guilty anyway.

Sure that's just Japan, mate?

Re:The real crime... (1)

Luckyo (1726890) | about 2 years ago | (#42538411)

Mostly, yes. Many East-Asian states have similar cultural quirks, but Japan is by far the most pronounced.

Obeying the authority is very deeply ingrained in their culture.

Re:The real crime... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42539333)

The NPA found additional crimes while the suspects were in custody? Don't be silly, this doesn't imply their innocence.

I think we may be looking for a second Kira.

No, the real crime is the missed opportunity... (1)

denzacar (181829) | about 2 years ago | (#42540931)

...by the hacker in question.

The discovery was made after messages were sent to newspapers and broadcasters, with the sender claiming details of a computer virus were strapped to a cat living on an island near Tokyo.

Wrong goddamn prefecture, wrong goddamn island. [wikipedia.org]
Hopefully, next time he will strap the memory card to a rabbit - on the correct island for that. [wikipedia.org]

Death by kitty (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42537485)

Stop right there criminal MEOW!

Re:Death by kitty (5, Funny)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | about 2 years ago | (#42537769)

Meow what is so damn funny about that? Do I look like a cat to you, boy? Am I jumpin' around all nimbly bimbly from tree to tree? Am I drinking milk from a saucer? Do you see me eating mice?

You stop laughing right meow!


Damn, that was a great flick...

Super Troopers (1)

Flere Imsaho (786612) | about 2 years ago | (#42540155)

Foster and Mac have pulled a man over for speeding and are deciding what game to play]
Mac: All right, how about "Cat Game?"
Foster: Cat Game? What's the record?
Mac: Thorny did six, but I think you can do ten.
Foster: Ten? Starting right 'meow?'
[Mac laughs - they walk up to the car, and Foster taps on the driver side]
Larry Johnson: Sorry about the...
Foster: All right meow. (1) Hand over your license and registration.
[the man hands him his license]
Foster: Your registration? Hurry up meow. (2)
[Mac ticks off two fingers]
Larry Johnson: Sorry.
[the man laughs a little]
Foster: Is there something funny here boy?
Larry Johnson: Oh, no.
Foster: Then why you laughing, Mister... Larry Johnson?
[pause]
Foster: All right meow, (3) where were we?
Larry Johnson: Excuse me, are you saying meow?
Foster: Am I saying meow?
[Mac puts his hands up for the fourth one, but makes an "eehhh" facial expression, as he is considering the last one]
Larry Johnson: I thought...
Foster: Don't think boy. Meow, (4) do you know how fast you were going?
[man laughs]
Foster: Meow. (5) What is so damn funny?
Larry Johnson: I could have sworn you said meow.
Foster: Do I look like a cat to you, boy? Am I jumpin' around all nimbly bimbly from tree to tree?
[Mac is gut-busting laughing]
Foster: Am I drinking milk from a saucer?
[feigned anger]
Foster: Do you see me eating mice?
Foster: [Mac and the man are laughing their heads off now] You stop laughing right meow! (6)
Larry Johnson: [the man stops and swallows hard] Yes sir.
Foster: Meow, (7) I'm gonna have to give you a ticket on this one. No buts meow. (8) It's the law.
[rips off the ticket and hands it to the man]
Foster: Not so funny meow, (9) is it?
Foster: [Foster gets up to leave, but Mac shakes his hands at him, indicating only nine meows] Meow! (10)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0247745/quotes?qt0470809 [imdb.com]

Re:Death by kitty (1)

mrjb (547783) | about 2 years ago | (#42543425)

<CanHasDIY> Do I look like a cat to you, boy?

Yes.

Wow (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42537563)

That's actually quite a freaky payload, and I can imagine this would have big consequences if used in the US (and their over-reactions to anything terrorist-like). ... Actually, can't wait to see massive outbreak of this in the US...

Re:Wow (1)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | about 2 years ago | (#42537785)

That's actually quite a freaky payload, and I can imagine this would have big consequences if used in the US (and their over-reactions to anything terrorist-like). ... Actually, can't wait to see massive outbreak of this in the US...

Fitting Puss with a cell-jammer as we speak, mwahahahaha!

But ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42537575)

the cat came back the very next day

Someone has to say it... (5, Funny)

pr0t0 (216378) | about 2 years ago | (#42537579)

Does that make it a "script kitty"?

Re:Someone has to say it... (4, Funny)

Tablizer (95088) | about 2 years ago | (#42537731)

Does that make it a "script kitty"?

"Is that Perl, or just a fur-ball you coughed up?"
 

Re:Someone has to say it... (4, Insightful)

rk (6314) | about 2 years ago | (#42537959)

The furball is more readable and maintainable.

Re:Someone has to say it... (2)

Tablizer (95088) | about 2 years ago | (#42539547)

It's just 3D compressed Lisp

34,000$ reward offered for the guy... not the cat (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42537595)

Why would someone with C# experience write malware... to threaten random people? That seems... pointless.

Re:34,000$ reward offered for the guy... not the c (3, Funny)

parnasus (321445) | about 2 years ago | (#42537855)

Why would someone with C# experience write malware... to threaten random people? That seems... pointless.

Actually, it sounds redundant, not pointless.

Re:34,000$ reward offered for the guy... not the c (1)

Culture20 (968837) | about 2 years ago | (#42538579)

C-sharp? Pointless? I guess it could just have an edge without a point, like Xena's Chakram.

Re:34,000$ reward offered for the guy... not the c (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42539067)

Sadly, they don't award 34,000$ for Xena references like that. This is not a meritocracy.

Meme Potential is over 9,000 (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42537597)

Oh the macros we shall create.

Cat in the ^Hat (1)

Tablizer (95088) | about 2 years ago | (#42539527)

Oh the macros we shall create.

I did not pirate on a boat
I did not pirate via goat (se)
I did not write too much code
and load the network up with bloat

I did not write green eggs* and spam
I did not write it, Sergent Ham!

* Easter

Brings back memory chips (3, Funny)

Tablizer (95088) | about 2 years ago | (#42537601)

I read "Puss 'N Reboots" as a kid.

"Culprit may enjoy toying with investigators..." (4, Funny)

Vary Krishna (885632) | about 2 years ago | (#42537723)

Of course he does...
/sunglasses
He's playing cat and mouse.

Re:"Culprit may enjoy toying with investigators... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42539917)

Yeeeeeaaaaah!

You know, that's probably really what it is. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42547979)

Suppose the sd card is loaded with malware. You say, the police scan it securely first.

Suppose it is loaded with malware, but that doesn't matter.

Suppose the emails they sent to the press are loaded with malware. In the tantalizing_clues.pdf attachment, of course.

Suppose they miss the malware. The police of course request these tantalizing_clues.

Suppose they don't scan the files from the press - the press must have scanned them of course.

This person likes riddles, and apparently charades as well.

They scanned it with (1)

Tablizer (95088) | about 2 years ago | (#42537791)

Mcatfee

-5, too cheesy

The antivirus (5, Funny)

shentino (1139071) | about 2 years ago | (#42537831)

The antivirus is on orion's belt.

Re:The antivirus (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42539355)

You got one hour to implement the anti-virus your planet will be destroyed. Sorry.

Re:The antivirus (1)

Scoldog (875927) | about 2 years ago | (#42541689)

It wouldn't have the code-name "Yellow Onion" would it?

Re:The antivirus (1)

Scoldog (875927) | about 2 years ago | (#42541691)

Forgot to add to prevent the inevitable WHOOSH. Yea, I know, MIB reference.

If it were caught in Kobe... (1)

wcrowe (94389) | about 2 years ago | (#42538053)

...the headline could read "Kobe Cops Collar Crookware-Carrying Cat".

Anyone one else read Accelerando? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42538187)

Aineko FTW.

Then again, we *are* living in the future now...! (2)

Dogtanian (588974) | about 2 years ago | (#42538243)

Is it just me, or does anyone else think that a cyber-criminal using a domestic cat to send messages to the police about a computer virus sounds more like something from a futuristic cyberpunk anime than real life?

Did they let the cat resume it's life? (1)

cod3r_ (2031620) | about 2 years ago | (#42538533)

Or did they lock it up in solitary confinement.

Not a serious criminal (0)

Hentes (2461350) | about 2 years ago | (#42538661)

His only crime is making bomb threats from hacked machines. The police is stupid to participate in his game, they get what they deserve.

Re:Not a serious criminal (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42540729)

What would be funny is if they still hadn't caught the guy and this was the fall person.

what happened to the cat? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42538735)

^^^

Same kitty? (1)

Ossifer (703813) | about 2 years ago | (#42539087)

is this the same criminal kitty recently spotted trying to help prisoners escape in Brazil?

Meow Meme v1.0 (1)

Zero__Kelvin (151819) | about 2 years ago | (#42539179)

All your pussy are belong to us?

HA! A real life Riddler (1)

rtobyr (846578) | about 2 years ago | (#42545783)

I never thought I'd see the day when comic book supervillains come to life.

NyanCat (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42547189)

Live Action.

Slightly disappointed (1)

BillX (307153) | about 2 years ago | (#42565789)

From the summary, I was expecting a tiny battery-powered Wifi device stuck to the cat's collar, sending the anonymous threats by way of every unsecured access point the cat walked past and receiving C&C commands for its next strike.

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