Masa Kagawa Arrested and Charged with Running Android Malware Ring
Posted at 10:20 2013-07-27 by Chad Holloway
Earlier this week, high-stakes poker player Masa Kagawa was one of nine men arrested by the Chiba Prefectural Police in Japan and charged with running an Android malware ring and operating a scam dating site. The 50-year-old Kagawa, who is the president of the Tokyo IT firm Koei Planning, is alleged as the mastermind behind the distribution of spam with Android Enesoluty, a malware used to collect personal contact details on a device.
Authorities believe the operation ran from September of last year until this past April, which is when authorities raided Koei Planning offices.
According to symantec.com, Kagawa and his team were "able to collect approximately 37 million email addresses from around 810,000 Android devices. The company earned over 390 million yen (approximately 3.9 million US dollars) by running a fake online dating service called Sakura site in the last five months of the spam operation. Spam used to lure victims to the dating site was sent to the addresses collected by the malware."
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