January 5, 2011

Japan to outlaw computer viruses

by Jan Harris

The Japanese Ministry of Justice is planning to outlaw the development and distribution of computer viruses, according to the Yomiuri Shinbun newspaper.

A bill will be submitted to Japanese parliament, the Diet, to criminalise the development and distribution of malware.

Currently, Japan’s law do not make adequate provision for malware authors to be held accountable for damage caused by the virus they have created.

PC users will be required to install IT security software on their machines, and must be able to prove that the software is installed.

The bill follows an increasing number of cyberattacks on government offices and companies in Japan.

It will bring Japan’s laws in line with the Convention on Cybercrime which Japan signed in 2001.

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