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Cops Nab Ransomware Maker - He's 14!

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  1. The Scarlet Pimp

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    they're starting young!

    Osaka Teen: First Alleged Ransomware Maker Arrested in Japan

    YOKOHAMA – A 14-year-old in Osaka Prefecture has become the first person in Japan arrested for allegedly creating ransomware, the police said Monday.

    The third-year junior high school student, who was arrested the same day, is suspected of combining free encryption programs to create ransomware, which makes computer files inaccessible unless a ransom is paid, the sources said.

    “The male student apparently learned how to create it on his own,” a source said.

    The student, who lives in Takatsuki, admitted to creating the malware program on Jan. 6 and uploading it to an overseas website where he lured people into downloading it via social media, the sources said.

    No financial losses from the malware have been reported yet, the sources said.

    The ransomware was designed to infect computers after download and demand payment from the victim in Japanese via digital currency.

    The student told investigators that he wanted to become famous and that the ransomware had been downloaded more than 100 times.

    The Kanagawa Prefectural Police spotted the malware during “cyberpatrolling” duties in January and confiscated his computer after searching his house in April. They also found messages on his Twitter account hinting that he had produced the ransomware virus.

    The arrest came after a global cyberattack in May that made use of the ransomware program WannaCry. The malware spread to more than 150 countries, disrupting the British health care system and numerous companies, including in Japan.

    From http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/20...irst-alleged-ransomware-maker-arrested-japan/
     
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    lol when I was 14 all I did was pick my nose.

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    14 year old Yu Dun Wong
     
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    I.e. they caught a nobody. Great success...
     
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    his parents must be so embarrassed...
    and proud! :D
     
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    Worst way to get attention and a jail sentence.
     
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    100 times - guess he just missed out on the famous bit
     
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    Smart kid thats for sure :)
     
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    you sure about that?
     
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    You obviously have great talents.:)
     
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    I may actually turn out to be an opportunity for him if he's really good.
     
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    He could bank hard with his intelligence, too bad!!
     
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    well now you hack into road signs...
     
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    When I was a teen, we called these guys "script kiddies." It doesn't take a whole lot of intelligence to patch a bunch of other peoples' work together.
     
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    10$ that he was an active HF User.
     
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    and yet many people don't do it and then go broke while trying to be original.
    i ripoff everybody and make money from it!
     
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    I'd say the intelligence is recognizing the opportunity. That's where a lot of people miss out.
     
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    Tor is full of virus codes and hacking tools, any dumb person with knowledge to search tor can find these codes. He got caught means he was not smart enough to save his ass from being tracked. IMO he got that code from any such site.
     
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