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[ISN] 5 held over apps that stole smartphone info
The Yomiuri Shimbun
Oct. 31, 2012
Five people, including the owner of an information technology-related
company, were arrested Tuesday on suspicion of providing a virus built
into smartphone applications that stole more than 10 million pieces of
personal information from users' address books.
The Metropolitan Police Department said about 90,000 people's
smartphones were infected with a virus lurking in applications they
According to the MPD, this is the first case established to deal with
such a large information theft in Japan.
Investigative sources said a man who runs an IT-related company
allegedly created video applications for Android smartphones containing
a virus that extracts personal information stored on the phone. In
collusion with a woman who is the former president of another
Tokyo-based IT-related firm, the man released the apps on Google Inc.'s
official store for free in late March. He is suspected to have had the
malicious apps transmit personal information, including telephone
numbers and e-mail addresses, to an external server.
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