Prosecutors are adding charges of forcible obstruction of business and supplying a computer virus against 31 year old Yusuke Katayama, the accused creator of the “iesys.exe” virus. He has also allegedly remotely controlled a 21 year old man’s computer, which sent a threatening message to a pop group. This is a result of months of intensive investigation by the police, which even led to several false arrests at first, but the evidence eventually led them to Katayama who will be facing the courts soon.
This is just one of the many cyber-crime cases that the police have to face and while they were not equipped to deal with the technological prowess and cunning of some cyber criminals, the police are now slowly learning and beefing up their capabilities. Since the end of the Golden Week, the Metropolitan Police Department transferred the handling of online criminal threats to the cyber crime control office, rather than the first investigation division. The Kanagawa and Osaka police have also upgraded the sections handling cyber crimes to divisions. The Mie Prefecture police have also added personnel handling Internet-related crimes.
The National Police Agency set up a database of illicit computer programs starting November last year so that the police can counter check information. However, types of viruses increase by over 100,000 everyday and it is hard for the NPA to keep up. An official from the agency said that private companies have a huge amount of data on all these viruses so there is a need for the police to cooperate with the private sector. Osaka Prefectural Police have already set up an agreement with seven security companies who will provide the Internet addresses of fake websites. The Kanagawa police meanwhile hired a security company president as a part-time consultant and he was able to collect more information about cyber crimes in the prefecture.