14-year-old arrested for creating ransomware
A teen in Japan has been arrested after creating a ransomware with the motive to become famous
A 14-year-old boy in Osaka, Japan, has been arrested by authorities for creating and distributing a ransomware malware.
According to Japanese media, the teen learnt to code on his own and the ransomware virus took only three days to develop. He admitted to releasing the source code onto the internet with the intent to become famous.
He stated that he combined free encryption software to create the ransomware virus to which he then injected it to a foreign website and also taught others how to use it for financial reward.
The sources also revealed that the student used social media platform Twitter to promote the malware, where he tweeted: "I made ransomware. Please feel free to use it."
Japanese authorities said that the malware had been downloaded over 100 times and once it had infected computers it demanded payment in digital currency.
Ransomware has the power to encrypt files on a computer, leaving the victim unable to access them until they pay a ransom, which is typically in Bitcoin form.