A “Lovers club” manga author who was convicted of “conspiracy to commit cybercrime” has been sentenced to four years in jail for allegedly hacking into more than 1.2 million computers worldwide.
The prosecution said the “Looves Club” author and his co-defendant, a former hacker known as “Tik” who has been behind several hacking scandals, allegedly gained access to about 4.3 million computers in more than 20 countries.
The “Lovelies Club” creator was found guilty in August of “converting” a Japanese website to allow him to “unlock” access to the computers, which were locked with passwords.
He was sentenced to two years in a Japanese prison.
The case against the alleged “Loveness Club” hacking masterminds came after an investigation by the FBI and Japanese law enforcement agencies.
They uncovered a hacking ring that included the alleged Loveness gangster, who is now serving a 30-year prison sentence.
Prosecutors alleged that the “Loves Club”, which ran since 2003, “broke into tens of millions of computers, including the accounts of individuals including celebrities and politicians,” as well as corporations and private individuals.
“It is believed that the attacks were carried out through the use of various means, including spear phishing, social engineering and social engineering through social networks,” the FBI said in a statement.
“Loves Clubs” author, Yoshinori Kondo, was convicted in April after an eight-month trial in the U.S. for hacking into companies’ systems.
He is appealing the verdict.
He had previously pleaded guilty to hacking in 2014 and was sentenced last year to a year in jail and $100,000 in fines.
The sentencing was criticized by human rights groups and Japanese Internet users, who say the sentence is too lenient.
“The sentence is excessive,” said Keisuke Takano, a lawyer who represents the hacker and co-conspirator, who said the sentencing “will have a significant impact on the victims.”
“The sentencing of Mr. Kondo in a U.K. court for hacking is an insult to victims in Japan and the world,” said Hirotoshi Ishiguro, the director of the Japan Network for Information Security.