Mules, fraudsters and hitmen for hire just a click away in Japan's online underworld
by Ryann Connell, for the Mainichi Daily News (at this link)
Online Japan is becoming a virtual haven for criminals thanks to the country's growing gap between the haves and have-nots, according to Sunday Mainichi (1/20).
Growing numbers of crimes can be traced to baddies coming in touch through sites offering big rewards to those willing to skirt the law. But the government is attempting to fight back.
"Under the new Information and Communications Law, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications has telegraphed its intentions to crack down on underground sites," lawyer and Konan University Assistant Prof. Hisashi Sonoda tells Sunday Mainichi.
"Under the existing law, removal of illegal sites remains at the discretion of providers, but if the proposed changes are adopted, all sites will be legally regulated across the entire country. Mind you, it would be extremely difficult to police every single site on the Net."
IT journalist Hiroshi Goto explains the type of jobs these underground sites are offering to undertake.
"Taking a close look at what's going on shows that there is brisk trade in false-name bank accounts, recruitment of drug mules, ads for mobile phones purchased under aliases and sales of passwords for social networking sites like mixi," Goto says. "At worst, you can even find sites advertising for or offering assassination services, as well as other places where people claim to be willing to carry out armed robberies or sex assaults."
Goto blames growing income disparity in Japan for the trend toward virtual crime.
"Guilt about murder is simply not as strong as it used to be. Those hiring the hitmen are doing so on a whim, saying they'll get rid of an annoying presence just because they want to," he tells Sunday Mainichi. "Those putting their hands up to do the killings, meanwhile, figure that they haven't got any money anyway and have to do something to make a living."
they will find any means of bullshit to convince us we need to regulate the internet. in the 10 years ive been online never once have i come across any sites offering to rape of kill somone for a price, and im pretty sure if the 100s if 1000s of people i have communicated with over the net ever did they would post it on digg or one of the many communication mediums that i idle on.
the problem is not that they want to regulate the internet, the problem is that the general population will actually be so brainwashed with fear and terror that they will actually want the internet regulated to protect their children ffs, same with microchippings.
when the microchipping truck comes down your street, they wont be fighting against it, they will be fighting to be the first.