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...
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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 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.
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.
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?
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...
The system detects a phone scammer by analysing stressed-out voices and by recognising typical scammer words like "debt" or "repayment."
Six men have been arrested in connection with an app that infected Android smartphones, stole personal information and demanded that a fee was paid.
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).
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Japanese newspaper The Daily Yomiuri reports that a 38-year-old Japanese man has been arrested "on suspicion of storing a computer virus on his personal computer without legitimate reasons."
It seems he wanted to teach file-sharers a lesson.
A Japanese man is sent to prison after spreading a virus across the internet via file-sharing networks and damaged data on victims' computers.
People who write or deliberately spread malware can expect to be fined or receive up to three years in prison, under laws enacted by the Japanese parliament today.