TBS Television, Inc. has received an e-mail that apparently claims responsibility for online threats sent via personal computers infected with remotely controlled viruses, according to a senior official at the Metropolitan Police Department.
A file containing the entire text of the online threats, the content of which has not yet been made public in detail by the police, was attached to the e-mail. The police suspect that whoever sent the e-mail is the real perpetrator of the online threats.
The e-mail also claimed responsibility for a case in July in which a Meiji University student was arrested on suspicion of threatening to attack a primary school on the Yokohama municipal government's website. Kanagawa prefectural police are investigating the case.
According to the MPD senior official and TBS, the e-mail was sent to TBS Wednesday night. It said the sender of the e-mail was "the real culprit" in a case that involved online threats being sent out from personal computers of two men in Osaka and Mie prefectures, and another case where an online threat was sent to a kindergarten affiliated with Ochanomizu University in Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo.
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