Japanese Pussy Hacker Caught

Japanese police have arrested a man suspected of being behind a bizarre computer hacking campaign that even had authorities searching for a cat for clues at one point. The 30 year old, Yusuke Katayama, was arrested in Tokyo on Sunday on charges of using  remotely controlled personal computers to send emails containing threats including murder.

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The messages he allegedly sent included a mass killing threat to a comic book event and threats against a school and a kindergarten attended by Emperor Akihito’s grandchildren.

More than 10 threats were sent via email or posted online via remote controlled PCs last year but The National Police Agency (NPA) became somewhat embarrassed after it emerged that officers had extracted ‘confessions’ from four people who’d had their computers hijacked and did in fact have nothing to do with the threats.

Upon his arrest Yusuke Katayama denied the charges according to police.

The authorities searched his home in the belief that he had sent a message on January 5th claiming his responsibility for the online threat campaign. In that email the suspect had asked recipients to solve a puzzle involving a computer virus that could remotely control computers, a cat and a memory card. The message claimed that said cat could be found living on a small island called Enoshima.

Police duly discovered a memory card on a cat on 5th January which did indeed include the source code for a virus along with a message saying,

“Because I was embroiled in a criminal case before, despite my innocence, I was forced to make major changes to my life.”

According to police Katayama apparently has previous where sending threatening emails is concerned and video footage from a security camera allegedly shows him approaching the cat with the collar on.

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