New Cross Days virus turns out to be an extortion scam


Remember the Cross Days story we told you about? Well, there's an update to the whole thing. Prepare for scandal!

Reminiscent of any number of yakuza stories I've read in Tokyo Vice, a new version of the Cross Days virus was uploaded to P2P networks. It works just like the last version, taking their personal information and uploading it to a server. The difference here is that when people go to admit their guilt, it wants money.

The program sends you an e-mail admonishing you of all the faults that you did and talks about "legal compensation," reminding you that it's stated right there in article 72 of the Japanese copyright law no less, and demands what we believe to be 5,800 yen ($61).

According to NetAgent, a Japanese P2P investigation company, they say that 661 people fell for the scam, netting the scammers over 3.8 million yen ($40,100). The website that hosted the images, warezer.net, was only active from March 18-24, and has since been taken down.

Apparently this is the second time this exact scam has been run. Previously, it was run with another game, Suzunone Seven - Sweet Lovers' Concerto, although we have no idea just how much was taken that time around. Guess this is just another warning to avoid stealing games on P2P networks.

[Thanks, Ko!]

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