'Remote Virus' Suspect Bought Same Madoka Nendoroid Seen in Suicide Note

posted on by Sarah Nelkin

Japanese police reported that Yūsuke Katayama, a 30-year-old former Internet company employee suspected of using malicious software (malware) to remotely control victims' computers, had purchased the same Puella Magi Madoka Magica Nendoroid figure of Madoka Kaname via the Internet in 2011 as the suspected "real criminal." Police believe that this figure may be the figure that appears in an image the "real criminal" included with an apparent suicide note in November.

A person claiming to be the "real criminal" behind the malware wrote in various emails, "I made a mistake. I lost the game," and attached a photograph of a Puella Magi Madoka Magica Nendoroid figure of Madoka Kaname, surrounded by an apparent noose fashioned from an Ethernet cable. The figure pictured is the same figure Katayama that the police say he purchased in 2011.

The contents of the microSD memory card with the malware that was discovered on the collar of a cat in Kanagawa Prefecture's Enoshima island were also discovered by police. Inside was a text document that read, “It was a lot of trouble looking for sites with weak security, so I made a remote control virus that can get through any website.” In the case of Yokohama City's homepage being hacked last year, the criminal who left an attack prediction against an elementary school had left the message, “The security on the site was weak, so I targeted it.”

Katayama was arrested on Sunday for allegedly posting a threat on the 2channel forum to commit a massacre at the Comic Market 82 event in August among other charges. He is denying all police accusations against him.

Source: Mainichi Shimbun via Yaraon!

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