2 ‘ransomware’ attacks confirmed in Japan

The agency had instructed police across Japan to investigate the matter. It says that as of 0:00 PM on Sunday, at least one computer at a general hospital and a home PC belonging to an individual have been infected with ransomware. But, the agency says the attacks have not caused any financial damage so far. The hospital’s operations and patients at the hospital have not been directly affected either.

Ransomware encrypts computer files and locks users out of their systems. It demands that the user pay a ransom fee in order to have access restored.

The agency said both infected PCs were running on the Windows 7 operating system. In each case, a ransom demand appeared on the computer screen. The users were instructed to pay 300 dollars in bitcoins, a digital currency.

A man waiting for a helicopter rescue on a mountain in Yamanashi Prefecture was fatally struck Sunday by stones and parts of trees possibly dislodged by the hovering chopper’s prop wash, local police said. (Japan Times)

The cyberattack that spread malicious software called ransomware is becoming a global issue, and Japan’s National Police Agency says it has confirmed 2 assaults inside the country. (NHK)

The government and ruling parties plan to introduce a system enabling pachinko parlors and other gambling facilities to ban the entry of people with serious addiction, government sources say. (Japan Today)

An 18-year-old high school student in Tokyo has been arrested on suspicion of killing a female student he was dating at the same school, investigative sources said Sunday. (Japan Times)

The mayor of a central Japan city who is appealing a high court conviction for bribery secured his third term Sunday after becoming the only person to file candidacy for the May 21 election by the start of the official campaign period. (Japan Today)

Ibaraki Prefectural Police have launched an investigation following the discovery of a male corpse at an abandoned residence in Hitachi City, reports Fuji News Network. (tokyoreporter.com)

More than 100 Japanese babies faced off Sunday in a traditional “crying sumo” ring, an annual ceremony believed to bring infants good health. (Japan Today)

A 3-year-old boy’s hand was jammed in an escalator at a shopping mall in Sakura City on Saturday for some two hours before being freed by authorities, reports TBS News. (tokyoreporter.com)

Japan’s Defense Minister Tomomi Inada said the ballistic missile North Korea launched on Sunday may be a new type of missile. (NHK)

Eight university students at a barbecue in Akiruno City were sent to a hospital on Saturday after they collapsed due to what authorities believe was alcohol poisoning, reports TBS News. (tokyoreporter.com)

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