Hacker Straps Virus Information To Feral Cat’s Collar

Hacker Straps Virus Information To Feral Cat’s Collar

Scavenger hunt-loving hacker, Yusuke Katayama was arrested overnight after months on the run. Disgruntled for some reason, he sent viral death threats, and while evading Japanese police, he mentioned that information about his virus was strapped to a cat roaming Tokyo. Months later the cat was found, leading to his arrest.

Japanese police used riddles that Katayama submitted anonymously to local newspapers to track down the cat and the memory card it was carrying on its collar. Coincidence or clear throwback to the galaxy Orion was carrying on his collar in Men In Black? Data on the card revealed that Katayama was upset because of “a past experience in a criminal case,” though it’s not clear what his involvement was. This anger apparently drove him to remote threats against everyone attending a comic book event, and members of a school where the emperor of Japan’s grandchildren are students.

The police eventually tracked Katayama down using information on the memory card as well as security camera footage that linked Katayama to the cat. Sad to see a great mind falter. [AFP]

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