An anonymous hacker who has teased police with false clues for several months has just carried out one of the best criminal pranks of all times.
After unraveling a series of emailed riddles, Japanese police were directed to a tiny island near Tokyo, where they recovered a digital memory card which the hacker had strapped to the collar of a wandering cat.
In December 2012 the National Police Agency (NPA) offered a bounty of ¥3m (£21,000) for a hacker who had been sending emails from computers around the country containing bomb threats against schools and kindergartens, including one attended by the grandchildren of Emperor Akihito. It's the first time that a bounty has been offered for cybercrime in Japan, and it reveals how disturbed the NPA has been in its search.
Emails to public authorities and media organizations, have led the police on a useless and awkward hunt. Previously, the police admitted they'd blundered after forcing confessions from four people who were later proven to have no connections to either the emails or the hacker.
The latest twist came on New Year's Day, when police and journalists received anonymous tips promising "an invitation to a new game" and a "chance for a big scoop." Investigators believe the same person is behind the messages received on Saturday that led detectives to the cat carrying the mystery memory card.
The retrieved memory card apparently holds information about a virus the hacker uses to control computers across the country and send threats.
Doesn’t it sound like a Mission Impossible-themed crime? It’s serious yet amusing to see investigators solving riddles to catch the criminal. You can’t be anything but amazed to see how the technology has advanced. The sad part is that the officials of one of the best countries of the world are at a dearth of applying their knowledge the way criminals are using it!
Imagine, if all criminals were familiar to the hacker‘s techniques… how difficult it would have been to for authorities to catch and capture them.
For now, it is for sure that this witty hacker might have been a great fan of video games in his childhood as it’s not wrong to assume that he must be enjoying toying with the investigators and media!