Anonymous Hackers Personified As A Clumsy Girl On Japanese Web

Anonymous, a hacker group known by several internet protest attacks against the recently passed Japanese anti-copyright bill which penalized music downloaders, who are being reported to be attacking Japanese government and political parties websites, gets a little troubles on its first contact with Japanese.

Until this attack began, Anonymous and its hacktivism were known as what happened oversea, nothing related to themselves by Japanese.

Their Twitter account on this time activity, @op_japan, tweeted 5 times in Japanese out of the total 100 tweets, but all of them are not natural Japanese, likely done by machine-translation. Though they are understandable enough, it seemed to make Japanese net users an impression that the person(s) inside is a bit dumb.

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As the account later admitted [J], on their first attack, they mistakenly attacked a local lake “Kasumigaura” management office website, instead of Japanese ministries, so-called “Kasumigaseki”.

Another one, attacking the opposition party, The Liberal Democratic Party(LDP) website first prior to the ruling party, The Democratic Party of Japan(DPJ), was not a mistake, they announced [J], which may be true as the both parties approved the bill. However, many Japanese web users thought that Anonymous chose targets without enough research.

On Twitter and 2-channel, some started saying that the Anonymous is like “Dojikko”, which is an Anime/Manga word means a clumsy girl whose mistakes are thought as attractive. Some drew personified character of Anonymous by following the line.

On the Japanese web, more people seem against the bill even before Anonymous’ attack, so this anthropomorphism may show that their positive feeling.

2-channel Founder And Affiliate Companies Gets Police Raid Around Drug-Dealers Comment Deletion

NHK [J], Asahi [J], Yomiuri [J]and others reported today that about 10 of Japan’s massive anonymous bulletin board service 2-channel-related homes and offices, including its founder Hiroyuki Nishimura’s house were searched by Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department from November 2011 to March 2012, this month. It turned out “according to a person in the investigation”.

The police arrested a 54 yo drug dealer who tried to sell stimulant drugs on 2-channel in May 2011, and requested 2-channel to delete the related posts. However, the requests had never taken up and the posts were left in public. The purpose of the house search is explained “to present a real picture of how 2-channel is managed”. Besides Nishimura, several “Sakujo-nin”(=person who does deletion) were investigated.

2-channel is known to have its servers in USA since it was founded in 1999. At the beginning of 2009, Nishimura announced on his blog that 2-channel was sold to Packet Monster Inc., which is a company registered in Singapore, likely to escape from libel and other lawsuits.

There is a procedure to file deletion request on a specific forum [J] on 2-channel. In the long 2-channel history, many people got mad on comments around them and asked the site to delete comments, but sometimes posters from the management team (the form of the organization, if any, is not disclosed well) cynic responses to tell them to follow the in-house request procedure. It is unknown that the metropolitan police followed the procedure when they asked it.

Nishimura’s Twitter and blog [J] are not updated today, but it is not so strange as he usually does not tweet or blog much.

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Package Delivery Only By Twitter Name Begins In Japan

Softbank Group’s Meru-Ado Takuhaibin (means “Email Address Door-to-Door Delivery”), which we reported last December, lets people send parcels only by e-mail address, i.e. without knowing the recipients’ real address, now start supporting emerging messaging endpoint, Twitter.

When a sender shows their intention to send a package to another Twitter user, this service asks to the recipient if s/he would receive it. Then, when the package is really sent to the agent, they will ask the recipient’s address and the address will not be informed to the sender.

Their website shows three major use cases of the service;

  • to send a birthday present to your online friend
  • to receive an item you bid on auction sites without giving your privacy information
  • to send usable child cloths to a friend who moved far but only know her twitter/e-mail

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