Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Japan: Computer virus used for murder, bomb threats spread from different free software

Two men downloaded different types of free software separately, but they ended up having their computers infected with the same virus that enabled a third party to remotely control their computers to post murder and bomb threats on websites, an indication that the virus may have spread widely, investigative sources said.

The two men -- one in Osaka Prefecture and the other in Mie Prefecture -- were released after being arrested over separate incidents on suspicion of posting a murder threat on the website of the Osaka Municipal Government and a bomb threat on an Internet message board, respectively.

Because there are multiple sources of virus infection, investigators believe that there is a possibility that the virus, which enables a third party to gain remote control of other computers, could spread widely.

Investigators suspect that the two men's computers were infected with the special virus through which a third party hijacked their computers to freely post murder and bomb threats on websites. According to investigative sources, the two men had their computers infected with the same virus after downloading different types of free software separately. Read More