|Arrests and Consultations of Cybercrime in 2003
|1. Arrest of Cybercrime
"Cybercrime" consists of three categories; "Violation of Unauthorized Computer Access Law", "Crime against computer / data" and "Internet Crime".
The number of arrests by violation of Unauthorized Computer Access
Law is increasing every year.
The number of arrests of Cybercrime in 2003 is 1,849 (approximately 115% of the number in 2002). The number of the Internet Crime is 1,649 (approximately 89% of the number of Cybercrime). Many of Internet Crime consist of, for example,
2. Consultation about Cybercrime
The number of Consultations about Cybercrime is 41,754 (approximately 220% of the number in 2002). The number about email faking money charge is approximately 43% of the entire consultations.
3. Countermeasures promoted by Police
Number of Arrest of Cybercrime
Major Cases of Cybercrime in 2003
Unemployed person and others collected IDs and passwords unjustly by using the program which records the history of the input by the keyboard in the internet cafe and carried out the unauthorized computer access with the unjustly collected ID and password for internet banking service. They transferred 16 million yen (about $14,000) to the account of the fictitious name which they established in order to obtain money.
(Arrest in March 2003, Metropolitan Police Department)
A person intruded illegally on the web server which was administrated by high school, computer service company and hospital to test own hacking technique and tampered their homepage files.
(Arrest in October 2003, Metropolitan Police Department)
(Illegal production of Electro-magnetic Record for a Payment Card)
A person obtained the information of credit cards of several customers by using the "skimming" technique and recorded the information on magnetic strip of separate cards and illegally produced payment cards.
(Arrest in February 2003, Metropolitan Police Department)
A former employee of electrical appliances shop obtained the information of credit cards of several customers from the sale slip in the shop and inputted the credit card number into the computer of electronic money company. He illicitly purchased electronic money, the total amount of about 144,000 yen.
(Arrest in November 2003, Metropolitan Police Department)
Internet crime is defined as a crime, which uses a computer network in connection with action relevant to constituent elements of a crime, or which a computer network is not relevant to constituent element of but indispensable to carry out.
(Violation of the Child Prostitution and Child Pornography law)
A person did child prostitution through sending an email to a high school student who had written message of deal about prostitution at the online dating site for the mobile phone.
(Arrest in February 2003, Miyagi Prefecture)
A person established the mailing list of the information exchange concerning child pornography on the internet. Then he distributed juvenile obscene picture to many people.
(Arrest in October 2003, Aichi prefecture)
(Violation of the Law Concerning the Regulation of Acts Inducing Children Using the Internet Dating Services and Other matters)
A person wrote message at the online dating site for the mobile phone, such as, "I am looking for less than 13 years old girl who make love with me. I will pay more than 20,000 yen".
(Arrest in September 2003, Kanagawa prefecture)
A person sent about 2,350,000 emails with message such as "I bought your unpaid charge for the access to adult contents site, please transfer money to the designated account" and deceived about 10 million yen from about 300 victims.
(Arrest in June 2003, Ibaraki prefecture)
A person posted false information on the internet auction, such as "I sell the high-class brand-name bag" and deceived about 800,000 yen from the successful bidder.
(Arrest in January 2003, Hyogo prefecture)
A person wrote defect of body of the chief of local government and bad rumor of his election campaign on the BBS on the Internet, thereby defamed the chief's reputation.
(Arrest in March 2003, Kochi prefecture)
A person put the message on the BBS of the Internet, such as "I will kill 3 children in B elementary school after a week. I will choose X as one of them."
(Arrest in February 2003, Tochigi prefecture)
(Obstruction of Business)
A person transmitted approximately 3 million spam mail to cellular phones indiscriminately in order to advertise his pay site. Then he obstructed internet service provider's business by letting the provider keep 200,000 emails to the mail server.
(Arrest in October 2003, Metropolitan Police Department)
(Distribution of Obscene Image)
A person posted the obscene image which synthesized photograph of female idol's face to photograph of female nude on the Internet and sold CD-R containing this obscene image.
(Arrest in June 2003, Metropolitan Police Department)
(Violation of Copyright Law)
A person made it possible for everyone to download the game software on the internet using the online storage service without permission of the copyright holder.
(Arrest in April 2003, Kyoto prefecture)
A person made it possible for everyone to download the files of movie and game on the internet using the file-sharing software "Winny" without permission of the copyright holder.
(Arrest in November 2003, Kyoto prefecture)
(Violation of Law Controlling Possession, etc. of Firearms and Sword)
A person exhibited a handgun to the internet auction with message such as "It is a real revolver" and tried to sell it.
(Arrest in May 2003, Metropolitan Police Department)
(Violation of Anti- Drug Special law)
A person put the message on the BBS on the Internet, such as "I have white powder and the price of one package is 10,000 yen. Please tell me the quantity and the address to send it". Thus he incited unspecified number of persons to abuse stimulants (methanphetamine).
(Arrest in October 2003, Hyogo prefecture)
(Violation of Stalker Control Law)
A person sent dozens of emails to a former girlfriend, such as "If you rejected to meet me, I would die" and committed stalking conduct.
(Arrest in November 2003, Hiroshima prefecture)
Number of Consultations about Cybercrime
Typical Consultations in 20031 Consultations about Fraud and Sharp Business(including the consultation related to about Email faking money charge)
2 Consultations about Internet Auction
3 Consultation about Illegal and Harmful Information
4 Consultation about Defamation
5 Consultation about Spam Mail
6 Consultation about Unauthorized Access and Computer Viruses