14-Year-Old First-Ever Ransomware Creator In Japan Arrested By Police

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Short Bytes: A third-year high school junior, aged 14, has been arrested in Japan for creating and spreading a ransomware software on the web. The ransomware is known to have been download by more than 100 users following the self-promotion by the kid on social media.

According to Japan Times, the police hasn’t revealed any personally identifiable information about the kid considering his juvenile status. However, it is known that the kid created a ransomware using a free encryption software.

He even uploaded the software on websites overseas and promoted it on social media, asking other people to use his creation for free.

He also helped the users with using the ransomware which allows people to encrypt other people’s computers and ask for ransom in the digital currency. That’s what a standard ransomware does.

According to the reports, the resident of Tatatsuki confessed that he created the computer hacking software on January 6 and his computer was confiscated during a house search in April. It took him about three days to create the ransomware, he told the investigators. The ransomware has been downloaded more than 100 times.

There are no known reports of any financial loss related to the ransomware. However, the sources said that the people who downloaded the software might be charged for “violating the law on acquiring electromagnetic records by illegal command.”

The report of this arrest follows after the massive cyber attack caused by the WannaCry ransomware, an alleged offspring of the NSA hacking tools, affecting millions of devices across the globe.

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