Virus-infected computer used in bomb threat had email log erased
News On Japan via Yomiuri -- Oct 12
The log of a bomb threat email sent from the virus-infected computer of a man who was arrested and later released was erased, say investigators, who suspect a third-party of trying to destroy evidence.
According to Osaka Prefectural Police and other sources, an email was sent to Japan Airlines on Aug. 1 stating that a bomb had been planted on a New York-bound flight. The threat resulted in the flight being turned around, and the email was tracked back to the computer of anime director Masaki Kitamura, 43. Police believe that someone used a virus that allowed remote control of the computer to pose as Kitamura and send the email, after which they deleted its log. The log of access to the Osaka Municipal Government homepage, where a warning of a murder spree was sent, was also erased.
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