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Six Arrested Over Japanese Android Porn Virus 92

Posted by samzenpus
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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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  • Re:Wait wait wait (Score:4, Informative)

    by kehren77 (814078) on Monday June 18, 2012 @02:05PM (#40362369)

    I saw "Japanese Android Porn" and just assumed robot. Android the OS didn't even occur to me for a 10-15 seconds.

  • by vawwyakr (1992390) on Monday June 18, 2012 @02:35PM (#40362701)
    These people elected to install a program on their phone from a porn site without considering the security implications. This wasn't a virus breaking in through some security hole. This was a program that required the user to turn off a security setting on the phone and then install ignoring the security page (or they thought "sure it seems completely normal that some porn video player requires those security settings"). So the only blame here is the user doing something entirely stupid. iOS of course fixes this by assuming its users are stupid and locking them into only allowing apps from their market to be installed.

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