Cops: “We Thought An IP Was Proof Of Guilt”

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Japan’s police chief has finally apologised for ruining the lives of 4 virus victims suspected of plotting mass murder, all falsely arrested on the belief that an IP address constituted irrefutable proof of guilt, and in several cases apparently coerced into admitting their guilt.

Police now admit that they made a total of 4 arrests based on their belief that IP addresses constituted a 100% guarantee of guilt after the supposed suspects starting making random threats of violence, which had actually been made by remote control after their PCs were infected with viruses.

3 of these suspects have since been released, although the 4th was already convicted and sentenced.

Top police investigators are quoted candidly admitting they were making cyber-crimes arrests without having a clue what they were doing:

“Well, we thought that if we had their IP address the investigation was basically half done. All this is totally unexpected.”

In one of the more tragic cases, police arrested a 19-year-old student at a prestigious university for threatening to kill all the children at an elementary school.

He initially denied the charges, but by the time the court had convicted and sentenced him to probation, he was on record as saying “when I saw those happy kids, I felt they had something I didn’t so I wanted to cause them trouble.”

Having presumably been coerced into signing a confession prepared by police, he was forced to quit university and probably finds his formerly promising career prospects in a shambles as a result.

Police were further humiliated when an anonymous individual claiming to have been the one controlling his PC with a virus contacted TBS to taunt them – it was only this incident which actually persuaded them to reopen the investigation and start questioning him again.

The sole piece of evidence in this case appears to be his IP attached to the threatening message and the false confession police eventually managed to wring out of him.

The chief of Japan’s National Police Agency also made a less than grovelling public apology over the arrests, saying “there is a high probability we did not arrest the real culprits.”

Given the frequency with which Japanese police employ IP addresses to bring a variety of charges, most of which not only end in a conviction but a frank confession as well, there may be a great many similar cases yet to be brought to light – to say nothing of their efforts to arrest the operators of 2ch for drug dealing, gain the power to delete any messages they see fit, and their recent success in criminalising downloads.

Online there is total disgust with the performance of police:

“It is terrifying to think these idiots just got the power to arrest anyone they suspect of illegally downloading copyrighted material.”

“They don’t care at all about all their false arrests and forced confessions.”

“No wonder the likes of Google or Skype don’t come out of Japan, we are backwards when it comes to IT.”

“Nothing will change Japanese police and the false charges and confessions they rely on.”

“This is exactly how they get all their chikan confessions.”

“They aren’t even sorry!”

“Honestly, the methods our police employ have not changed since the middle ages…”

“Obviously the kid was made to quit the university.”

“That poor kid.”

“What a beautiful country we live in, to allow this.”

“I hope they let him go back to university, it would be a travesty if they didn’t.”

“The university will probably just blame him for making a false confession.”

“Even if he could, the rumours at the uni will have ruined his reputation.”

“The life of a promising young man ruined.”

“And how many years will the police who forced him to confess server, I wonder?”

“At least he was too young for his name to be reported.”

“1 click was all it took to ruin his life…”


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    Avatar of Gustav
    Comment by Gustav
    23:59 18/10/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Cops: “We are too stupid for our job”

    Avatar of cats2
    Comment by cats2
    05:36 19/10/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Well, "T had a trojan, someone else did it!" would only work/apply in very few cases for obvious reasons..

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:16 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    What 'obvious reasons'. Trojan horses and viruses of any stripe are VERY hard to find and internet connections can and are tapped and used without the assent of the person paying for them on a regular basis.

    Avatar of Gustav
    Comment by Gustav
    00:01 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    PS:
    japanese police is worthless anyway, they should abolish it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:10 19/10/2012 # ! Good (+0.8)

    If they went straight up against Yakuza instead of arresting washed up members and making a show of false success, they would garner more respect. But they don't have the balls for that, unlike other nation's cops who go toe-to-toe with hardened organized criminals on the street on daily basis.

    Instead they try to shore up their non-existant dicks by preying upon petty cases and taking out their lack of respect and frustrations on them.

    Avatar of Vertices
    Comment by Vertices
    09:19 20/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hahahahah! Right in the ass!

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:59 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Probably. Roanapur is essentially an anarchist state with competing private defense agencies. If someone gives you a boo boo just send a check to Balalaika with the list of grievances attached, and she will "invite" that someone to her house for a frank discussion over just how far an anus can expand.

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    Comment by Erranty
    06:56 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    In a way, wouldn't that mean the Roanapur in Black Lagoon has a better justice system than Japan?

    Avatar of Assassinister
    Comment by Assassinister
    08:47 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think useless is the right word.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:36 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    More like ignorant of technology. And so is nearly everyone else.

    The problem however is not the cops. They should have been given access to experts and instructed to rely on them for every single technology related crime. As with many other things, the fault lies in the political system.

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    Comment by Astray Flame
    11:18 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    They are part of the government, therefore, have the ability to HIRE as many experts as they need to. Then make a cyber-crime department with the experts and well-trained officers just like in most first world countries.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:46 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    You do realize you just basically said the same thing as above anon, right?

    Just in case you really don't: detectives and officers don't hire people and they don't create departments. So you were really criticizing the government, just like non 09:36 was.

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    Comment by shiroki
    13:31 20/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    At least that means one could actually outsmart the cops... like hijacking another person's computer in your stead.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:37 16/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    cops:

    " we get paid to be stupid "

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:49 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Police - because in McDonald's you have to know how to count.

    Avatar of jamesownsall
    Comment by jamesownsall
    23:11 18/10/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Relics, man.

    You let those relics have complete authority over what to do, and they'll force you to do things their way regardless of how things have changed.

    It's annoying enough to have these relics rule social and political aspects of Japanese lives, but I wish them luck for trusting these relics on even security matters.

    If this was the United States, those falsely charged can sue these relics back AND win, as proven by previous lawsuits. Then again, NO, this is Japan and everyone below these relics prefer to just bend over and take it until they cum their fucking brains out. Hope you like your country, Japanese people. lol

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:03 19/10/2012 # ! Good (+0.8)

    >If this was the United States...
    Quit reading. END

    You obviously forgot that United States arrested or tortured innocent arabian mens at Guantanamo and Abu Ghurayb...

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:52 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    >If this was the United States...

    Yeah. Don't compare. There is stupidity everywhere. United States is not any better. You just want to believe it is to make yourself feel good.

    Cops in the US keep killing innocent people with tasers, repeatedly busting into the wrong houses and killing its occupants before identifying themselves or showing a warrant, randomly punching people in the face for no reason, etc.

    It's like that in a lot of countries.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Nice try jap lovers.
    if you have never lived in this shitty country, shut your trap.
    japan is full of shit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:44 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't give a fuck about what the US does to foreign nationals right now because that's not the issue at hand. This article is about a domestic criminal case against a native citizen by local law enforcement agencies.

    Just Google 'lawsuits against united states police' and read all the out of court settlements they made when they know they're gonna get fucked in court of law after a misconduct.

    And the Japanese police in this case DID MISCONDUCT IN THEIR INVESTIGATIONS. They did not properly comprehend the concept of Internet Protocol Address and was too much in a hurry to press charges while the innocent guys lost their dignity, reputation and future. What did those guys get in return besides a press conference and a scripted apology? NOTHING. And they will stay screwed for the rest of their lives because THIS. IS. JAPAN.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:57 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I like how anti-US crowd thinks they are so righteous. Trying to emulate what you hate and think you know? I think your kind spends too much time scraping the barrel for grime and calling it seaweed while if we played that game you would be put against the brick wall and shot tomorrow.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:39 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Translation: "I am butthurt"

    Comment by Anonymous

    >If this was the United States...
    Quit reading. END

    HAHA typical cunt ignores how evidence shows in US such things can be sued and won against, and instead tries to make human rights issue out of something they do on a daily basis with their cops and 'criminals' like those in the article.

    Can't argue against facts? Divert the issue. Answer the question given and if you can't put up, keep your mouth shut.

    Comment by Anonymous

    To be fair, there was high probability they hid weapons of mass destruction and crude oil inside their beards, so it was totally justified to apprehend and torture them.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Also raped & killed 200,000 people over the course of 4 weeks... oh wait, that was the Japanese.

    Still think your shit smells better?

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:17 19/10/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Also killed 300,000 people over the course of 3 days by nuking Hiroshima and Nagasaki... oh wait, that was the Americans.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:32 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    You can find horrible facts with just about any country, so what? A bad fact doesn't make another one better by being worse.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:53 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Let's just agree that we're all dumb fucks. We'll all be happier in the end for it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:29 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Also had a prefecture pass a law last year saying in no uncertain terms that existing while non-white is an arrestable offense... oh, wait, that was a state in America.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:56 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    This nationalization sensationalize doesn't mean shit. Japan did it's shit, and so did the U.S.

    Folks ya'll can argue till the faces turn blue who's better den who but on both sides of the barn it's a mess.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:36 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fool! It was over a million!

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    Comment by Pyrolight
    04:00 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    The firebombings of Tokyo killed far more in equally nasty or even worse ways then the atomic bombs.

    The legacy of the bombs admittedly was worse but for body count Tokyo lost close to 1 million people if I recall.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:33 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    While avoiding the deaths of MILLIONS. Try again, Weeaboo filth.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:41 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    meh, the nuke ended the war before it became long and drawn out... and wasnt their military killing civilians in areas america started to occupy?

    that said, the war was estimated to kill 20 million on both sides without the bombs.

    im wondering if less people died over all, thats the question.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:40 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    00:17 I think those people would have taken relatively swift and quick death within 3 days compared to misery and unspeakable pain over being defiled in the course of 4 weeks.

    Childishly biased anti-american crowd bitching like whores in heat like always.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:05 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    you are all fucking stupid we were dicussing how laws and sentences work in in each country and then it sudenly escalated to genocide and rape

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:18 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Foreign invaders wielding the weapons of lowering the local wages and sucking up social services. It is one of the biggest invasions in history given the shear number of invaders. You might say "Oh but what about those poor people! They just want freedom!" Well they can get it by reforming their own countries instead of dragging us down. My forefathers didn't build this country so a bunch of bleeding heart liberals destroy it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:17 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    @04:00

    Not 1 million, at most half that number.

    And that doesn't even begin to make up for the body count nips racked up during Second sino-jap war and occupation of korea and southeast asia. You are trying to call bruises and light whips crimes against humanity while completely ignoring the crimes of your 'victims'. They got what they asked for - same war they took against civilians in china and around asia.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Also you both are stupid dumb fucks. oh wait, yes both of you are

    Comment by Anonymous

    'innocent arabian "mens" (lol)'

    there's an oxymoron.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:47 18/10/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    LOL. As if. Police officers have special protection from prosecution almost everywhere in the world. They would really have to fuck up badly AND fall in with their colleagues and superiors to be punished.

    The same goes for attorneys and judges of course. Lay juries provide some protection against wrong decisions made by them, but bear their own problems.

    In essence, as long as there are no guards guarding the guards, there will be always be a certain amount of insecurity.

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    Comment by Lonesnipa
    00:07 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    You so wanted to say who watch's the watchmen lol.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Bitching about cops is a daily protein intake for bitches. LOL

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:57 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sometimes i fart in my own mouth.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:42 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    And there I thought it's dog food.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:00 19/10/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    For those who keep saying Sankaku Complex is anti China, here is your proof. We bash everything we see inappropriate, be it China, Japan or Korea. Now lets criticize bad side of Japan!!

    Japanese cops sucks so much, and not even sorry when punishing the innocent.. What, keeping their face is more important than a real justice? They should resign and become a guard or something.

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    Comment by Pyrolight
    04:06 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Sankaku IS anti China. The amount of hate and vitriol spewed in articles regarding China is proof enough of that.

    The fact we are laughing at the idiocy of the Japanese police in this article really does change that.

    Hell at the very best one could consider a good selection of the front pagers subject to the will of their Japanese overlords. "

    What the Japanese think we think."

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:15 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    unless they do a Kondo apology at the end of gintama

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:24 18/10/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    “The life of a promising young man ruined.”

    Moar like the life of another mindless saleryman drone ruined.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:56 18/10/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Well according to the Japanese government and society in general that's a successful Japanese life.

    Comment by Charismatic Vampire
    01:30 19/10/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    When I think about the life of the average Japanese salyerman I become very thankful to not be one.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:55 19/10/2012 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Salary + Man = SalaryMan. You know, the mindless japanese robot who works for their salary until they drop dead from exhaustion >.>

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:20 19/10/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    they're not salesmen bro, salarymen are cubical working drones.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:40 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    All true. But "salaryman" is still NOT a proper English word. It exists solely to describe the common Japanese worker drone, it was not coined by speakers of the English language, and it is not used in English speaking societies.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:43 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's not even a proper English word (that would be "salesman"), but a Japanese invention. In other words Engrish. So it doesn't really matter how you spell it as long as it's intelligible.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:10 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    do none of you know how to spell salaryman properly?

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    Comment by Riiku
    01:20 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fuck not this post, that post

    ah fuck it

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    Comment by Riiku
    01:19 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ishihara approves of this post

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:52 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    that is better than living a homeless bum or leaching off parent..

    at least a saleryman still get to rent their own little room and marrying average looking woman.

    Honestly, Japanese cop need to retake their police test.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:22 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    >implying salaryman can afford a wife
    >implying salaryman ever sees wife & kid
    >implying salaryman even touches wife
    >implying salaryman does not sleep under his desk
    lol what? You have much to learn about Japan.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:07 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    >that is better than living a homeless bum or leaching off parent.

    I wouldn't be so sure about the "leaching off" part. After all, leaching is easier and doesn't require any effort.

    >and marrying average looking woman.

    Implying one's interested in marriage...

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:07 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    When will people learn that you need VPN now, NOT ONLY or necessarily for downloading, uploading but merely as a precaution, you never know what can happen.

    The internet is now like fucking prostitutes, do it without condom (VPN) and you might catch something nasty if you are unlucky enough, as worst or worst that AIDS, you know, like these guy and the single one that had his life totally ruined, because even it he is released and declared innocent this event will follow him for life, it will never be the same.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:54 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    No thanks to the 'main-media' and businesses setting their eyes to the net. Back in 2000/1999 none of this crap existed.

    You were free to browse the internet as please without all this download-blocks and dumb heads nonsense!

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:53 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    No shit son. That's why i use VPN all the time now.

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    Comment by Imyou
    08:34 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    VPNs and anonymizer services have both sold out their users to law enforcement. The only one you can trust is one you run yourself, or one that offers plausible deniability, such as TOR. (Though sadly that offers neither speed, reliability, or the ability to handle heavy traffic like BitTorrent.)

    Comment by Anonymous

    Most salarymen don't even go to college. Instead they get work straight out of highschool. So stfu.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:14 20/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is simply straight out wrong and you know it, or you're just stupid.






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