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Japan: Virus Writers Charged with Copyright Violations

By Matthew Harwood

Via The Register:

Japan has arrested its first suspected virus writers, but in a strange twist the three suspected creators and distributors of a strain of P2P malware have been charged with copyright violation, in an arrest that recalls Al Capone's prosecution for tax evasion.

Writing a virus is not illegal in Japan, according to Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant for Sophos, so the Japanese government had to charge the trio with copyright infringement because the malware used cartoon graphics without permission.

Cluley believes arrests like these will put more pressure on the government to draw up tighter cybercrime laws.

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