14-Year-Old Japanese Boy Arrested for Creating Ransomware

A 14-year-old boy in Osaka had reportedly been arrested by the Japanese authorities, for allegedly creating and distributing a ransomware malware.

The 14-year-old who lives in a prefecture and large port city is said to be the first of such arrest in Japan which involves a Ransomware-related crime.

Ransomware a type of malicious software designed to block access to a victim’s computer system and make them inaccessible until a sum of money is paid.
Ransomware is said to be the latest and major cyber threat for businesses and users across the world.

According to multiple Japanese media, the teenager who is said to be a junior high school student was arrested as a result of creating a ransomware virus and uploaded its source code on the Internet.

The 14-year-old, who admitted to the crime, uploaded it to a foreign website and went as far as putting others through on how to download and use it to spread further for financial gain.
According to Japanese authorities who are yet revealed the identity of the teenager, the teen’s ransomware allowed a downloader to infect victims’ computers, demanding payment in digital currency. His ransomware framework has been downloaded over 100 times.

Meanwhile, the student told the authorities that he learned to code on his own and created the ransomware out of curiosity in order to become famous.

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