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Japanese police arrest cat carrying computer virus

Laura Barnes
Japanese police arrest cat carrying computer virus

Japanese authorities have captured a cat said to be carrying a computer virus on a memory card attached to its collar.

On New Year’s day a number of media outlets received emails containing a set of riddles which would direct them to a memory card said to contain the iesys.exe virus - a virus which has the ability to control a compromised computer from a remote location.

The riddles revealed the location of the ‘Remote Control’ virus, and it turned out it was attached to a cat.

Japan’s National Police Agency (NPA) caught the feline on an island near Tokyo on Monday (January 7th).

The reason these emails were taken so seriously is because the anonymous cyber criminal behind them is believed to have also been behind a number of terrorist threats send by email last year.

These included a bomb threat against the school attended by the Emperor’s grandchildren, and a warning of an impending killing spree in Osaka.

The NPA as announced a three million yen (£21,400) reward for the cyber criminal's capture.

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Tags: japan, cyber-threats, iesys.exe, remote conrol virus, cat, cyber criminal

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