Japanese car dealer sues machinery company for ‘cybercrime’

A JAPANESE car dealer sued a Philippine-based machinery company at the National Bureau of Investigation in Central Visayas (NBI 7) for using their computer system without their consent.

IBC Japan Ltd. sought the assistance of NBI 7 and filed a case against Aquarius System Inc. (formerly known as 100Tech Lab Inc.) for violating section 4 of the Republic Act 10175, otherwise known as the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.

Arnel Pura, the agent-in-charge of NBI Mandaue, told SunStar Cebu on Saturday, November 19, 2022, that the case was filed during the second quarter of this year.

Pura said the IBC accused Aquarius of using their computer program, its customized application, and related sub-processes created to track vehicles from the date it was purchased to the date it was sold and shipped to customers in different countries.

IBC said the said computer system had been used by Aquarius without their knowledge and even if they did not participate in creating it.

The company is engaged in the wholesale distribution of new and used passenger automobiles, trucks, trailers, and other motor vehicles. (HIC)