cruelsister

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A 14-year-old in Osaka has become the first person in Japan caught for allegedly creating Ransomware. The high school student, who was arrested the same day, is suspected of merging free encryption programs to build Ransomware, which makes computer files encrypted unless the victim paid a ransom.

Ransomware is a type of malicious software from cryptovirology that blocks access to the victim’s data or threatens to publish or delete it until a ransom is paid. The student uploaded the Ransomware to a foreign website and informed users of the platform to download and use it, according to sources quoted by the Kyodo news agency.

The young boy, who supposedly learned by himself how to create this type of programme, revealed to the investigating authorities that he only wanted to become famous, according to state television channel NHK.

Japanese police said:

This ransomware has been downloaded over hundred times, allowed the users to infect the victim’s machines and demanded a ransom to be paid over Bitcoin. The police have not announced the identity of the teenager (Ransomware maker), but have told that the high school student just needed about 3 days to develop the ransomware program using his personal computer.


(cs- I'm sure various entities are already sending him job offers. Ahhh- to be young again...)
 

DJ Panda

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I'd give him a hefty sentence. Once the ransomware hits a place like a hospital, you start playing with people's lives. My father and I both agree it should be along the lines of the death penalty for these kind of things. Regardless where the malware targeted...
 

ravi prakash saini

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there used to be a practice in India you can call it social boycott. it was like if a member of family commit some heinous crime the whole family was boycotted. no one was allowed to invite them to any function,no one could marry in that family ,no one was allowed to visit that family even a member of family expires.
now according to modern law only that child can be punished
does his family have no responsibility
 

jamescv7

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With so many kits available in the internet, its not impossible by any such age to learn and create a prototype program which will cause enormous threat.

The main problem as always is about the supervision and reminder, you need to understand the overall do's and don'ts in computer security field.