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Japan: Police to Add Cybercrime to Bounty System
Source: yomiuri.co.jp
Source Date: Saturday, December 08, 2012
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government, ICT for MDGs, Thematic Website, Knowledge Management in Government, Citizen Engagement
Country: Japan
Created: Dec 11, 2012

The National Police Agency has decided to expand the scope of crimes that can be covered under its reward system to include cases other than homicide, kidnapping and other life-threatening crimes.

The decision, made Thursday, comes in response to a recent case in which four innocent people were arrested on false accusations of making online threats.

Police later found those threats were sent from their personal computers infected with a remote-controllable virus, without their knowledge, and released the four.

The agency said it planned to implement the revision immediately.

Since the arrests were made largely due to a lack of effective means of investigating cybercrimes, the agency decided to relax its rules for the bounty system to include a wider variety of cases in the hope this will lead to gathering more information.
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