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Japan Scheduling to Ban the Creation and Circulation of Viruses

Japan is estimated to be planning to make the authoring and circulation of viruses illegitimate during this spring season (2011), as reported by InfoSecurity on January 5, 2011.

This move indicates that computer users should install efficient IT security software product on their systems and should be ready to prove the existence of their software.

Further, it has also been reported that the Japanese Ministry of Justice or Diet (under the Japanese Government) has planned to considerably decrease the online crime rate as a rising number of private firms, government organizations, and websites have been lately affected by various malicious attacks launched by cybercrooks.

Besides, with the help of this new law, the government plans to rapidly increase its attempts to combat with the global circulation of online crimes.

Disturbingly, as per the present legal system, the government is not proficient to directly penalize people for producing or circulating online viruses. For example: during 2008, police arrested a man who produced a computer virus and circulated through the Internet. At the end, he was found guilty for violating the Copyright Law because he had linked animation footage with the computer virus.

As such, law enforcement agencies generally are required to resort to several loopholes and workarounds to file charges against malware writers and circulators of such kind of viruses, which unnecessarily complicates the legitimate process.

Commenting on the matter, the VR Zone (a gadget website) stated that, the proposed bill is also planning to single out circulators of PC viruses, indicating that the ordinary user will be affected should it pass through the Diet, as reported by vr-zone on January 4, 2011.

The firm further noted that, the average users are usually unaware whether their systems have been compromised as element of a botnet. And as these kinds of people are unknowing circulators of malicious software, it would be interesting to see how the bill would tackle such issues to make sure that netizens will not have to be mistakenly accused by the law due to unawareness. However, till then, the best method to protect oneself from being mistakenly charged by the law is to simply be more cautious regarding PC security.

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