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Man Arrested Over Transmitting PC-virus

According to the Tochigi Prefectural Police of Japan, cops, on November 1, 2011, arrested a man against an accusation that he possibly transmitted "browser crasher" a PC-virus onto the website server of another individual. The Mainichi Daily News published this on November 2, 2011.

Reportedly, the man is Takashi Tomiyama, aged 44, who's condemned for allegedly transmitting the virus to a certain website-hosting server on August 26, 2011. Consequently, several web-pages could be seen at the same time on the infected computer's monitor screen that disabled the website's online service for conducting chat sessions.

Meanwhile, Japan lately revised its cyber-crime legislations after which the first individual being taken into police custody under the purview of these laws is Tomiyama. Further, the arrest is the first one related to the development and sending out of a PC-worm following the beefing up of the Penal Code during July 2011.

Incidentally, as per the newly modified Penal Code, a PC-virus is an "electromagnetic" component, which will get a PC to work despite its operator's intention. Crafting a virus, devoid of an authentic purpose, alternatively spreading it online can mean a fine of up to 500,000 yen or a penalty of jail for up to 3-yrs.

Telling police, Tomiyama stated that he developed the virus at his residence for striking the chat protocol. Also according to investigators, Tomiyama earlier too exploited the chat website, however, found it problematic to access the site.

Significantly, it isn't anything new about arresting a virus developer inside Japan. During July 2011, the Metropolitan Police Department arrested Ogaki, Gifu Prefecture's Yasuhiro Kawaguchi, aged 38, for allegedly saving a PC-virus at home devoid of an authentic purpose. That malware functioned through repeated copying of huge volumes of graphic files or components to a PC making the system malfunction or halt.

Thus specialists suggest for always running anti-virus software that's up-to-date. Users, as per them, may wish to search one, which contains quite an entire storage of viruses as also which can't be updated. Everyday fresh viruses get generated therefore it is vital for having software, which's capable of spotting those fresh malware.

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