Nine men were arrested earlier this week by the Chiba Prefectural Police in Japan. The group has been charged with operating a scam dating site and running an Android malware ring. The president of Koei Planning, a Tokyo IT firm, Masa Kagawa, who is a high-stakes poker player, is the alleged mastermind behind the distribution of spam with Android Enesoluty which is malware and used to collect personal contact details on a device.
Symantec.com has reported that Hagawa 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."
It's believed by authorities after the raid on Koei Planning offices in April of this year that the operation ran from September of 2012 until the date of the raid.
Kagawa is known on the poker circuit in the Asia-Pacific region as a player at stops that held high roller tournaments and he's appeared on GSN's High Stakes Poker. Kagawa has had some notable tournament finishes: Third in the Aussie Millions $100,000 Challenge in 2007 for $198,820; a fifth-place finish at PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino EPT Grand Final €100,000 Super High Roller for $468,030 in 2012; and third in the Aussie Millions $100,000 Challenge for $337,824 of this year. Kagawa has also cashed in the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, World Series of Poker, and World Poker Tour.
The nine men are now awaiting prosecution.
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