TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Man Arrested, Accused of Starting Fake Web Site, Story

Man Arrested, Accused of Starting Fake Web Site, Story

Associated Press News Wire (
Mon, 28 Nov 2005 20:52:22 -0600

Police arrested a former computer programmer Monday for allegedly
publishing a fabricated news article on a fake Yahoo Japan news Web
site saying China had invaded the Japanese island of Okinawa.

Metropolitan Police arrested Takahiro Yamamoto, 30, on suspicion of
violating patent laws, said a police spokesman who spoke on condition
of anonymity, citing departmental policy.

The office said Yamamoto allegedly accredited the fake article to
Kyodo News Agency and published it on an Internet site that he had
designed to look like Yahoo Japan Corp.'s news site.

The story was written in Japanese with a dateline "America, Oct. 18
Kyodo" followed by a headline saying "Chinese Military Invades
Okinawa," the police said.

Police had confiscated Yamamoto's personal computer and analyzed the
data stored in it.

Kyodo said both it and Yahoo had filed complaints to police in

The Web site was accessed 66,000 times until it was taken down on
Oct. 19, Kyodo said, quoting police.

Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Yahoo operates the world's leading Internet portal.

Copyright 2005 The Associated Press.

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