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Japanese cops arrest their first ransomware-slinging menace – er, a 14-year-old school boy

Author: Iain Thomson / Source: The Register

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Japanese cops have, for the first time ever, arrested a ransomware maker – a teenage tearaway.

The 14-year-old from Osaka Prefecture in western Japan was collared on June 5 after police tracked him down as the suspected creator of home-grown ransomware that was being spammed out on social media and hosted on an overseas website.

According to The Asahi Shimbun, the teen said he created the malware using publicly available encryption source code to test his skills as a programmer. He estimated that about 100 people had downloaded the file-scrambling software nasty, we’re…

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