Lands IT execs in a Tokyo Jail...
Looks like theTokyo police arrested six men in connection with an Android malware campaign that netted $265,000 or 21 million yen.
Seems that Japan was recently the site of a high-profile Android security incident.
Last week, Tokyo police arrested six men, including two IT executives and one former tech exec, in connection with an Android malware campaign that netted $265,000.
Apparently, they created a piece of Android malware that they disguised as a video player and distributed through an adult website starting in December 2011.
While the app wasn't particularly sophisticated, it convinced more than 200 Japanese men to shell out $1200 each.The software presumably offered adult videos or other related content, but once the app was installed it stole users' personal information, including phone numbers and e-mail addresses, which were then stored on a server hosted outside of Japan.
After the data theft, the malicious Android software displayed a message that demanded payment of 99,800 yen (about $1,260) per person. After the app was launched for the first time it displayed a message similar to the following text every five minutes, even if users restarted their devices:
"Please pay the fees as soon as possible. You need to confirm the unpaid amount. It totals 99,800 yen."
The malicious app was distributed through third-party sites and not through Google's official Play Store.
These arrests mark the first time a major police force brought down criminals who used Android malware to extort a significant chunk of cash.
NEWS SOURCE: Android Malware Scam nets 265k lands it execs Tokyo jail (via) CIO Blog
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