[ISN] Japanese police ready to tackle cyber crimes

From: mea culpa (jerichoat_private)
Date: Mon Dec 28 1998 - 13:47:06 PST

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    TOKYO (December 27, 1998 8:52 p.m. EST http://www.nandotimes.com) 
    Japanese police are gearing up to tackle a recent onslaught of computer
    crimes, including illegal hacking into government computers and fraud on
    the Internet, a daily newspaper reported Monday.
    The National Police Department is to set up 13 special investigation teams
    against hackers and two other teams against computer-related terrorism,
    the mass-circulation Yomiuri Shimbun said. 
    Police plan to spend 1.95 billion yen ($17 million) for the measures in
    the year starting next April. 
    In Japan, the number of computer crimes last year stood at 262 cases and
    has multiplied eight times in the past four years. 
    The report came after Japan was shocked by an Internet-based delivery
    service that supplied cyanide capsules for people wanting to commit
    A 24-year-old woman died earlier this month after taking cyanide, which
    police believe she obtained from the Internet service. 
    A 27-year-old man suspected of running the Internet site and allegedly
    mailing cynaide to the woman also killed himself on Dec. 15. 
    Japanese police Sunday raided the man's home in Sapporo, northern Japan,
    seizing a desktop computer, about 570 floppy disks and two hard drives. 
    The man, whose name was withheld, gave extensive advice on suicide methods
    on the Internet and some young adults visited his Web site, the Mainichi
    Shimbun said, quoting investigators. 
    The Web site was entitled "Dr. Kiriko's Examination Room," in reference to
    a character in a popular comic series, the daily said. 
    During a 50-day period beginning November 5, a total of 21 people, all
    believed to be young adults, visited the home page, the investigators were
    quoted as saying. 
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