JP: Hacker who framed computer users with cyberthreats jailed for 8 years

Tomohari Osaka reports:

The Tokyo District Court on Wednesday handed down an eight-year prison term to a hacker who hijacked computers and used them to send malicious threats, leading to the erroneous arrest of the devices’ unsuspecting owners.

The case, which dates back to 2012, raised questions about policing practices after four people were wrongfully arrested in connection with the cyberthreats.


Yusuke Katayama, 32, a former information technology professional, “took full advantage of his expertise” to issue online threats of violence in a way that “framed innocent people while dodging arrest himself,” said the presiding judge, Katsunori Ono.

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