Ika-Tako Virus Replaces Your Files with Anime Sea Creatures

It’s one thing to get a virus like Trojan or a worm and lose all your files, but its another to get a virus that replaces all your files with anime sea creatures. I guess the hacker thought it would be funny. For those that don’t know, Ika-tako is Japanese for squid-octopus. Since May, it has infected anywhere between 20,000 and 50,000 computers. The virus is usually disguised as music files, which many people download. When the file is played, the malware then spreads through the entire hard drive infecting all files. The infected files are then switched out with the sea creature pictures and sent to the hacker’s server.

Masato Nakatsuji was arrested by Tokyo police as the hacker and it hasn’t been the first time he’s been in trouble for this sort of thing. Back in 2008 he was arrested for a similar incident, with the only difference being that the virus used copyrighted images from the anime Clannad. His reason for the new virus? To see “how much my computer programming skills had improved since the last time I was arrested.” Unfortunately, there has not been a fix as of yet for the virus.

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