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Japanese Police Offers First-Ever Reward For Wanted Hacker 63

alphadogg writes "Japanese police are looking for an individual who can code in C#, uses a 'Syberian Post Office' to make anonymous posts online, and knows how to surf the web without leaving any digital tracks — and they're willing to pay. It is the first time that Japan's National Police Agency has offered a monetary reward for a wanted hacker, or put so much technical detail into one of its wanted postings. The NPA will pay up to $36,000, the maximum allowed under its reward system. The case is an embarrassing one for the police, in which earlier this year 4 individuals were wrongly arrested after their PCs were hacked and used to post messages on public bulletin boards. The messages included warnings of plans for mass killings at an elementary school posted to a city website."
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Japanese Police Offers First-Ever Reward For Wanted Hacker

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  • by ikaruga ( 2725453 ) on Friday December 14, 2012 @02:51AM (#42284641)
    If you can read Japanese the definition is in this page [impress.co.jp].
    Basically there is an anonymous board in Japan known as 2ch, which is the "father" of 2chan.net and "grandfather" of 4chan and all other *chan websites. Sometimes your IP is blocked for some reason and you can't post. So you used this Siberian Post Office as some sort of proxy and it posts for you.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 14, 2012 @04:18AM (#42284873)

    Can someone kindly place a link that explain "Syberian Post Office"?

    Thank you !

    2ch sometimes bans IPs from posting. But not all boards on 2ch will share this ban. The "siberian super flash news" () board is one of these that doesn't take into account bans on the system, and so people post on this board and ask others to spread what they posted onto wherever they actually want it to be.

    An extremely simple proxy for posting on 2ch, if you will.

  • Re:LOLWUT? (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 14, 2012 @07:43AM (#42285593)

    I'm guessing its a proxy?

    Close. After the Russian Revolution, when Stalin began stuffing Siberia with political dissidants, he realized how late the mail was arriving from those territories, making compliance to Party orders lag. Stalin decreed that the mail will be on time, and a clever Siberian post master adjusted the time stamp at his remote post. The mail from Siberia began to arrive in Moscow in record time, so it seemed. Subsequently, there was a Korean manufacturer that produced a router that, in an effort to speed up packet delivery, actually did time calculations on each packet to reduce apparent delivery time. The company went under, but sold about 200 of these routers, deployed mostly in the southern provinces of Japan. The routers caused all kinds of havoc as emails were time stamped before they arrived and even before they were composed. The routers were all replaced and surplused by 2004, and by now are extremely rare pieces of technology. Sometimes evidence of one of these routers show up in logs at hacking competitions, though they are expressly forbidden. Eventually, network administrators, a poetic bunch, upon finding anamolous log entries, began referring to the individual mystery routers as a "Syberian Post Office."

Thus spake the master programmer: "When a program is being tested, it is too late to make design changes." -- Geoffrey James, "The Tao of Programming"