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Six Arrested Over Japanese Android Porn Virus 92

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AZA43 writes "Tokyo police have arrested six men, including two IT executives and one former tech exec, in connection with an Android malware campaign that netted $265,000. The men created a piece of Android malware that they disguised as a video player and distributed through an adult website. The app stole personal information and attempted to extort money for data 'protection services.' The malware doesn't appear to be particularly sophisticated, but it convinced more than 200 horny Japanese dudes to shell out $1200 each. And the arrests are one of, if not the, first time a major police force brought down criminals who used Android malware to extort a significant chunk of cash."
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Six Arrested Over Japanese Android Porn Virus

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  • Ahem (Score:4, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 18, 2012 @02:49PM (#40362175)

    convinced more than 200 horny Japanese dudes to shell out $1200 each

    Either A) Japanese women don't look at porn, or B) They were smart enough not to shell out $1200

    • If you wanted to catch women in a scam like this you'd have to do it a little differently. Instead of straight porn, have the scam work in a erotic novel that women like to read. When you get to a steamy part, pop up an add saying that you'll send 'Mr McStud' to their house. If they fall for it, have the scam be that they need to pay $1200 so they don't tell husband+world that she ordered a male prostitute.

      • by Anonymous Coward

        you don't know my ex-girlfriend.... she watched straight porn in the middle of our MBA classes when she got bored.

        Anyway, there is a Windows "virus" like this too in Japan. The funny part is that my friend called me over in a panic, and it took me like 5 minutes to disable. (It was a some kind of special "HTML Application" .hta that IE apparently allows to do whatever the hell it wants, including install itself to be launched at start-up).

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Most likely there were warnigns about the type of data that the app would have accessed, but the users didn't pay attention and agreed blindly.

    • It's doubtful it asked for anything different than a typical Google app does.

    • by Anonymous Coward
      Oh, C'mon! It's porn, what would you check on the app!? The more the app can access the better! You never know how good those apps are getting!!!!
  • ...it might as well be with porn!
  • by davidbrit2 (775091) on Monday June 18, 2012 @02:56PM (#40362271) Homepage
    Are we talking Android, the operating system, or android, the robot design concept? This is Japan we're talking about, so... you never know.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    OK well beyond this specific thing, this whole idea of installing "custom" video players just for one specific video seems insane to me.

    Like, we've had good and trustworthy video players for a really long time. Hell, mplayer runs damn near on every platform that exists. Then something comes along and says, "hey, to see this video you MUST install "MyCustomPlayerItWontJackYourSystemWeSwear!!.exe" ... and people do that shit? WTF?

    Same for music. Why in the hell prompted the break from the former "standar

    • OK well beyond this specific thing, this whole idea of installing "custom" video players just for one specific video seems insane to me.

      Like, we've had good and trustworthy video players for a really long time. Hell, mplayer runs damn near on every platform that exists. Then something comes along and says, "hey, to see this video you MUST install "MyCustomPlayerItWontJackYourSystemWeSwear!!.exe" ... and people do that shit? WTF?

      Same for music. Why in the hell prompted the break from the former "standard, trustworthy players separated from the content they play", and towards, "using custom apps for every little thing?" You see it increasing now on tablets too.

      It's crazy!

      Horny teenagers will install it even if its called "MyCustomPlayerItWillJackYourSystem.exe if they're promised some hardcore porn.

      • Horny teenagers will install it even if its called "MyCustomPlayerItWillJackYourSystem.exe if they're promised some hardcore porn.

        you don't need to install anything to get hardcore porn.

        • Horny teenagers will install it even if its called "MyCustomPlayerItWillJackYourSystem.exe if they're promised some hardcore porn.

          you don't need to install anything to get hardcore porn.

          Of course not, but horny teenagers don't necessarily know that and will install ANYTHING if promised hardcore porn.

    • A while back all the Monitizers figured out if you don't hide the data behind an app, anybody with a bit of sense could make a better program than you and take all your business, hell someone might even open source it and kill a lot of the profit in the market. At one time many software providers had a lockin on their customers with binary software and undocumented file formats. With the rising of the internet a lot of closed file formats died along with their parent companies and a era of openness ensued.

  • wow executives that can code!

    • Lots of execs can code (e.g. my boss). It's after the company goes public and the corporate bureaucrats start running things that you get the elevated accountants and managers running the show.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    There are lots of PC scam which does pretty much the same thing over the years in Japan - you click on the "free" porn links which asks for basic user registration for creating an account, and by the time you finished watching the porn the site scares you by displaying your IP address and a general location of your physical address deduced from the IP on a pop up and claims that by watching the porn videos on the site you own them X amount of yen which you must transfer into an account within a certain time

  • I first read the title as "Six Arrested Over Japanese Porn Android Virus" and thought their sexbots got hacked. Not as interesting now...

  • When the alternative is a field of manure.

    • by Paco103 (758133)

      My dog disagrees!

    • by Microlith (54737)

      I know, because being able to do whatever you want (even if there is some risk) is so very, very terrible.

    • by amicusNYCL (1538833) on Monday June 18, 2012 @03:47PM (#40362837)

      I guess if your only 2 options were a walled garden or a "field of manure" then you might have a point. A malicious app that affected 200 people doesn't exactly taint the entire Android environment. Conversely, the walled garden approach does affect all non-jailbroken iOS users.

      • by scorp1us (235526)

        I prefer to see it as I "outsourced" my due diligence to Steve Jobs et al.

        Without a review process, you have to open your phone to it before you know what it is going to do. Run just once, you could be totally exploited. I prefer some test phone in a lab do that for me.

        • I prefer some test phone in a lab do that for me.

          And you're assuming that Apple is the sole mobile OS company to do this? The Google Play store is in fact scanned regularly for malware, and it does get removed and developer accounts do get banned. The major difference between the Android and iOS environments is that on my phone I can download and install an app directly from a website. I don't need to do that, and I understand that those apps have not been vetted like apps in the Google Play store, but it remains an option for me. It's not an option f

  • Get 'em labeled as robot sexual predators! Yeah. After all, they were arrested for spreading a robotic sexually transmitted disease, right?
  • Damn robot porn
  • by Anonymous Coward

    I wish I could go back 30 years in time to tell people that "Six Arrested Over Japanese Android Porn Virus" is one of the news headlines of the future :)

    • by PPH (736903)

      I don't know, doctor. My sex-bot beeps and reboots every time it comes. It must be some sort of virus.

  • by PPH (736903)

    There are enough horny Japanese who will pay $1200 for porn that the virus is unnecessary.

  • On one hand, since I have an Android phone I'm glad the perpetrators were caught, but on the other hand this almost seems like a victim-less crime. Or at least one with Darwinian fairness...
  • If this malware ran on Windows then the main article would keep referring to 'financial malware` or 'computer malware`, anything but use the M word :)
  • They probably could have made more than that selling their used panties. Admittedly it's kind of difficult to get used panties into an Android phone. Wait. I'm having an idea. Hmm. No. I don't think the world is quite ready for a "Smelliphone." You watch, now that I said that, Apple will drop one next year. That's why they make the big bucks.
  • Does no-one use the proper terms anymore? malware - yes, Trojan - yes , Virus - No.

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