Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

Man Charged for Trying to Steal User Data

Filed under
Security

A man was arrested Monday for allegedly setting up a phony Internet portal site to lure victims into giving personal data, an official said. Police said it was Japan's first arrest linked to a form of identity theft called phishing.

Kazuma Yabuno, a 42-year-old office worker in the western city of Osaka, was taken into custody and accused of violating copyright and unauthorized access laws, a Tokyo Metropolitan Police official said on condition of anonymity.

Yabuno allegedly defrauded users with his phony Yafoo! Japan site, which closely resembled -- and has the same pronunciation in Japanese as -- that of popular Net portal and auction site operator Yahoo! Japan, the official said.

Police were investigating whether Yabuno came up with the scam to steal credit card information and other sensitive information.

Yabuno launched the Japanese-language site from a personal computer in February and managed it from computers at work and home, the official said. About 20 to 30 unsuspecting users visited the look-alike site weekly, he said.

Yahoo! Japan, which is owned by Tokyo-based Net investor Softbank Corp., said it had alerted authorities about the incident, according to media reports.

It's unclear how widespread such scams are in Japan.

In the United States, phishing victims cost U.S. banks and credit card issuers an estimated $1.2 billion in 2003, according to a report last year by Gartner Inc., an information technology market research firm.

A recent survey of American adults conducted by Denver-based First Data Corp., a major electronic financial transaction company, showed that 43 percent of respondents had received a phishing contact, usually by e-mail.

Associated Press

More in Tux Machines

Parrot Security OS 3.1 Distro for Ethical Hackers Moves to Linux Kernel 4.6

The guys over Parrot Security OS have announced that the first point release of the 3.x series of the Debian-based distribution designed for security professional and ethical hackers is now available for download. Read more

Red Hat and Fedora

FOSS Events: LCA and systemd.conf

  • 5 great linux.conf.au talks (that aren't about Linux)
    linux.conf.au, otherwise known as LCA, is one of the world's longest-running open source events. LCA has been held in a different city around Australia and New Zealand almost every year since 1999. Despite the name, linux.conf.au is a generalist open source conference. LCA hasn't been just about Linux for a long time. Rather, the conference focuses on everything to do with open source: the software, hardware, and network protocols that underly it. LCA also has a strong track on free and open culture, exploring how open source interacts with science, government, and the law.
  • FINAL REMINDER! systemd.conf 2016 CfP Ends on Monday!
    Please note that the systemd.conf 2016 Call for Participation ends on Monday, on Aug. 1st! Please send in your talk proposal by then! We’ve already got a good number of excellent submissions, but we are very interested in yours, too!

OSS Leftovers