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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Japanese Virus Writer Turned Icons into Squid-Octopus

Japanese Virus Writer Turned Icons into Squid-Octopus

Japanese Virus Writer Turned Icons into Squid-Octopus

Added: Wednesday, August 11th, 2010
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
Not such a usual file-sharing story we got used to over a long time: a virus writer from Japan had fulfilled a strange will to punish illegal file-sharers. He chose a very unusual way to do so – distributing malware in the network which would change the icons of all the files… to images of the squid-octopus. The result is… he got arrested because of violating probation.

Japan Times published this interesting report recently: a Japanese virus writer found himself arrested after designing viruses that was supposed to turn all the icons on PCs of the victims into images of the squid-octopus.

Masato Nakatsuj, the author of the malware, explains that he just wanted to check whether his programming skills had had improved or not. Along with that he wanted to punish illegal file-sharers for violating copyright, or at least that’s how the police quoted him.

Nakatsuj appeared to be the first individual accused of tampering with computer information by the country’s police. In fact, he was on probation from an earlier incident of distributing viruses on a file-sharing network. At the time malware infected around 50,000 computers.

The most astonishing but at the same time sad part of the story is that malware might be the most useless way of assaulting a network, because all a user needs to do to protect himself is to keep his anti-virus software updated. In addition, some of the file-sharing applications connecting to open networks don’t let users to spread files listed in the blacklists, if they are known to contain malware. Moreover, such clients as e-Mule even offer comment systems able to warn file-sharers if a file is considered fake. Actually, in e-Mule, there’s simpler way of finding out if a file is corrupted, fake or contain a virus inside – looking up the file names on a given hash. In other words, when writing this malware, the author could lose much but gain nothing.

August 11th, 2010

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Date:  Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

Comments (4) (please add your comment »)

posted by Blocked (2010-08-11 20:25:13)
MonsterTV avatarThanks for the article SaM.

posted by (2010-08-12 00:56:37)
mattqld2010 avatarthanks sam but must admit i would find it funny all my icons turning to oct lol

posted by Blocked (2010-08-12 01:12:28)
2die4 avatarwhat a twat

posted by Site Friend (2010-08-12 05:52:53)
manofkent avatarthx got told about this by one of our members

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