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Japanese man arrested for possession of five guns created with 3D printer

Handcuffs. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Police say that two of the five recovered handguns are capable of firing, though no bullets were discovered at the man's home in Kawasaki, south of Tokyo.

Tokyo airport employee loses printed passcodes ahead of Obama visit

Tokyo airport employee loses handwritten passcodes ahead of Obama visit

An employee of Skymark Airlines at Tokyo's Haneda International Airport mislaid a printout containing key passcodes on Sunday, just days before President Obama's scheduled visit.

Malware suspected in Japanese nuclear plant control room - but don't panic

Malware suspected in Japanese nuclear plant control room - but don't be too worried

The control centre of a nuclear power plant really doesn't sound like the sort of place you'd want to see a malware infection, but don't fret - this was no Stuxnet.

From the Labs: New PlugX malware variant takes aim at Japan

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SophosLabs Principal Researcher Gabor Szappanos takes on a recent PlugX malware sample.

He finds a curious mixture of similarities and differences with earlier versions - and a brand new target group: users of the Japanese-language word processor Ichitaro...

Patching your business, Yahoo breach, Google Glass, DDoS-for-hire - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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Our 60 Second Security videos are back!

We're aiming for a weekly roundup that's quick, fun and useful.

But there is a serious side: security anecdotes to use in your own "elevator advocacy."

22 million user IDs may be in the hands of hackers, after Yahoo Japan security breach

22 million user IDs may be in the hands of hackers, after Yahoo Japan security breach

The call has gone out to Yahoo Japan's 200 million users to change their passwords, after the company warned that it suspected hackers had managed to access a file containing 22 million user IDs.

Malware found sucking up data on new Japanese space agency rocket

Malware found sucking up data on new Japanese space agency rocket

Malware discovered on a Japanese space agency desktop computer has been stealing data on Epsilon - a new, AI-enabled rocket - and beaming it to controllers outside the agency. It's only the latest in a string of data-siphoning incidents that's plagued the agency.

Monday review: the hot 21 stories of the week

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In case you missed anything, here's a list of every story we've written in the last week, for your reviewing pleasure.

Japan rolls out stiff fines and jail times for illegal downloads

Japan rolls out stiff fines, imprisonment for illegal downloads

Japan has changed its copyright law to criminalize downloaders for the first time, raising what were previously civil penalties to criminal penalties of up to two years prison time or fines of up to 2 million yen.

Will iPhone 5 have a fingerprint scanner? And will anybody use it?

Will iPhone 5 Boast A Fingerprint Scanner? And will anybody use it?

The internet is abuzz with whispers that Apple's iPhone 5, rumoured to be launched this week, will come with a fingerprint scanner to secure the device. If true, this could be a big step forward in iPhone's quest to become a digital wallet, but will convenience-crazy iPhone users embrace biometrics?

Android malware authors take a crack at the Japanese market

Android malware authors take a crack at the Japanese market

For every 1000 dodgy Android apps targeting Russian speakers, we've seen about one app aimed at Japan.

But that doesn't mean if you're in Japan you can let your guard down...

Japan to test phones which will alert if it sounds like you are being scammed

Phone scam detection technology to be field tested in Japan

The system detects a phone scammer by analysing stressed-out voices and by recognising typical scammer words like "debt" or "repayment."

Android porn malware leads to arrests in Japan

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Six men have been arrested in connection with an app that infected Android smartphones, stole personal information and demanded that a fee was paid.

Trojan may have stolen data from Japanese space agency

Trojan may have stolen data from Japanese space agency

A data-stealing Trojan horse may have smuggled out login information to gain access to a cargo shuttle that carries food and equipment to the International Space Station (ISS).

Why Japan's search-and-destroy cyber weapon could be a very bad idea

Why Japan's search-and-destroy cyber weapon could be a very bad idea

The Japanese Defense Ministry has awarded Fujitsu a multi-million dollar contract to develop a computer virus. But is it a good idea to fight fire with fire?

Hackers steal data on nuclear plants and fighter jets

Hackers steal data on nuclear plants and fighter jets

A high-tech military contractor, which suffered an attack from hackers earlier this year, is reported to have lost sensitive data related to defence equipment including fighter jet planes and nuclear power plant plans.

Japanese parliament hit by cyber-attack

Japanese parliament hit by cyber-attack

Hackers were able to snoop upon emails and steal passwords from computers belonging to lawmakers at the Japanese parliament for over a month, according to newspaper reports.

Mac OS X Trojan hides behind malicious PDF disguise

Mac OS X Trojan hides behind malicious PDF disguise

A fascinating new example of Mac malware has been discovered, that appears to be adopting an old Windows-style disguise to fool users into running it.

It's disguise? A controversial political dispute between China and Japan.

China denies hacking high-tech weapon maker

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Accusations fly that China may have been responsible for hacking a weapons maker, while Mitsubishi Heavy Industries is criticised for not reporting the attack to the Japanese defence ministry earlier.

Hackers attack high-tech military contractor, break into submarine manufacturing plant

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Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Japan's biggest defense contractor, has revealed that it suffered a hacker attack in August that caused some of its networks to be infected by malware.