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Poker player arrested for stealing money through Android malware

Above: Masaaki Kagawa playing poker.

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Police in Japan arrested popular poker player Masaaki Kagawa this week — not for any sketchy gambling but for pushing Android malware and running a scam dating site that made his team millions.

Kagawa was arrested with eight others connected to malware called Android Enesoluty, according to Symantec. Law enforcement officers raided Kagawa’s Tokyo IT firm Koei Planning, where he was president in April. Symantec believes that malware campaign started in September but ended after the raid.

Once on your Android phone, Enesoluty collected the data stored on the device, including contact information, and sent that back to its servers. From there, Kagawa and his team allegedly amassed over 37 million e-mail addresses siphoned from 810,000 Android devices — talk about stealing your address book.

The group then used the e-mail addresses to send invitations to a fake dating website, which cost money to use. Overall, the group brought in around $3.9 million.

“His passion for taking chances and risks has paid off in the game of poker, but it’s not looking good for his gambling with Android malware,” Symantec said in a blog post.

The lesson here is the same one you’ve been hearing for awhile. Fake apps carried the malware to its target phones. Stick with trusted app stores, such as Google Play, and keep in mind that if it looks sketchy, it probably is.

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