Attackers have compromised popular Japanese adult websites in order to distribute a trojan that is primarily targeting customers of two major banks in the country; however, the malware could easily be repurposed for use in the U.S., according to researchers with ESET.
The Aibatook trojan is capable of constantly monitoring browsing activity, modifying visited web pages, redirecting to web pages, and constantly monitoring and exfiltrating information entered into web forms, Joan Calvet, a malware researcher with ESET, told SCMagazine.com in a Wednesday email correspondence.
Japanese police have arrested a 27-year-old man on suspicion of possessing handguns believed to have been created by a 3-D printer.
Police say this is the first time in Japan they have seized guns possibly made with the technology. They have charged the man, a college employee, with hiding 2 plastic handguns last month at his home in Kawasaki, near Tokyo.
Police launched an investigation after the man posted video footage of the guns on the Internet. They seized 5 plastic handguns, and determined that 2 of them could be used to kill. They have not found any live bullets.
It's been a quiet day in Tsuruga, Fukui Prefecture, a large port city on the western coast of central Japan. Like PC users the world over, you've been playing whack-a-mole with update notifications.
This time, it's a piece of free software that you're barely aware of on your computer. Up pops an update notice while you're eating a yummy piece of chocolaty Lotte Ghana left over from the holidays. While you're chewing, you click your mouse, approving the update.
Wanting to gather more information on China, the US National Security Agency (NSA) approached the Japanese government in 2011 to allow it to tap the international fibre-optic cables that traverse the country and carry much of the traffic across East Asia.
Citing a lack of legal framework and personnel, the Japanese government rejected the NSA requests to provide communication data, including internet activity and phone calls, sources told The Japan Times over the weekend.
A small, sophisticated international hacking group was responsible for a widely publicised 2011 spying attack on members of Japan's parliament as well as dozens of previously undisclosed breaches at government agencies and strategic companies in Japan and South Korea, security researchers said.
Researchers at Kaspersky Lab believe they have found a squad of hackers for hire, who contract out to governments and possibly businesses, in contrast to recent reports on hacks said to be carried out by full-time government employees.