Japanese P2P virus writer convicted, escapes jail

Monday, 19 May 2008, 12:00 AM EST

Experts are questioning whether courts worldwide are giving consistent sentences to hackers following news that a Japanese man has escaped jail, despite admitting writing a virus that wiped music and movie files on innocent users' computers.

Masato Nakatsuji, who was revealed to be the first ever virus writer to be arrested in Japan when he was apprehended in January, admitted writing the malware which displayed images of popular TV anime characters while destroying data on third party computers.

At GovTech.

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