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Japanse Poker Pro Arrested Over Android-Malware Scam

Tags: android, arrested, charged, court, japan, malware, Masaaki Kagawa, police, scam, Symantec Corporation.
Posted on 26 July 2013 by "T".

50-year-old poker pro Masaaki Kagawa of Tokyo, president of an IT company named Koei Planning and poker pro with over $1.5 million in tournament winnings, has been arrested and charged with running Android malware ring together with another 8 individuals.

According to Symantec Corporation (an American global computer security software corporation), the illegal operation began around September 2012 and ended in April 2013 when authorities raided the company office and confirmed around 150 domains were registered to host the malicious apps during this time span.

Multiple media sources report that the group managed to collect about 37 million e-mail addresses from around 810,000 Android devices. The company used collected e-mail address to lure victims to a fake online dating service called Sakura in the last five months of the spam operation. The site earned them over 390 million yen (approximately 3.9 million USD).

 


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15 comments for "Japanse Poker Pro Arrested Over Android-Malware Scam"

 lukasb26/07/2013 10:35:39 GMT
Fake online dating service... does one have to pay for those things? i thought you only payed after the service was provided... as it seems things are a bit different nowadays...
Anyway i think the fact that he is a poker pro in this case would be irrelevant since the case itself has nothing to do with poker ( we do know about some other poker pros doing poker scams for way more than this). Seemed to be profitable thou... probably greed took the best of him and now it's time to pay ( is lawyers at least).
 BubbleGumTrb26/07/2013 10:50:04 GMT
what the... ! You made me curious, I wonder how much he charged per person for that date site Sakura thingie that he made almost 4 million lol. Although, I have to agree with lukasb, why is this here? This has nothing to do with poker, even though he is a poker player...
 Parci26/07/2013 11:18:29 GMT
Well, you might just start wondering how much of the 1.5 million in pokerwinnings, he has won legit. Multiple accounts wasn't the first thing that came up in my mind.
 Sorin88826/07/2013 20:33:38 GMT
High-stakes poker player Masa Kagawa was one of a group of nine men arrested in Japan and charged with running an Android malware ring, as well as the operation of a scam dating website.
Kagawa counts a third place in this year's Aussie Millions $100,000 event and a €100,000 EPT Monte Carlo final table among his tournament accolades
 demodawggy27/07/2013 03:20:45 GMT
I never cease to be amazed at the amount of scammers there are on this Earth... Scamming, faking, embezzling, cheating, etc... everything from Girl Guide cookies to Rolex watches..

And in this day of the internet, you really have to watch what you do..... although, if you are of shady mind, and hang with shadies,...you deserve to get it yourself... The poker world is FULL of slippery creeps... Confused
 Macubaas27/07/2013 17:11:28 GMT
It's sad that for a country in which poker is not so popular people like this make the image of the game even worse.

Not sure if this si the guy but i know that on the last year of WSOP the first japannese player got a WSOP bracelet.
 mocoteo28/07/2013 08:50:09 GMT
I do not know why people who earn enough money to live well also handle stuff like this scam.. ..greed, adrenaline, ......stupidity i think!
 infinitypl30/07/2013 13:42:22 GMT
LOL ! He won so much , He earn from company so much ... but He still need to steal.
 Macubaas30/07/2013 19:39:58 GMT
Teo, the answer is definately the last one you posted!

I mean for someone that earns very little you could see the reason but for someone that has more than 1 mil dollars is simply stupid Thumbs Down
 roeish304/08/2013 19:24:16 GMT
I guess not all poker players are morally flexible, but some of the best ones definitely
are. Maybe it even makes them better players. Besides, being a gambler means you always need more money, so I'm not very surprised
 scouserpoker04/08/2013 22:43:20 GMT
who is it that catches these people and how do they get caught?, bustards!!! cheats dont prosper ))
 roeish305/08/2013 04:34:11 GMT
Posted by scouserpoker:
cheats dont prosper ))


If only that was true. When you read interviews with people that are covering the field, you see that those who get caught are obly the tip of the iceberg and most cheaters just get away with it...
 Zen100407/08/2013 12:16:14 GMT
Posted by mocoteo:
I do not know why people who earn enough money to live well also handle stuff like this scam.. ..greed, adrenaline, ......stupidity i think!


The sad truth is that there are people in this world that only take pleasure of of screwing other people over. Such people will choose to choose the option that hurts the most people even if they can make more profit by helping others.
 zeroster07/08/2013 12:23:16 GMT
The sad thing is some people will try to use this story to show poker in a bad light when in reality it is completely unconnected to poker. He's also the president of an IT company, surely that is more relevant than him being a poker player.
 Zen100407/08/2013 12:29:42 GMT
Posted by zeroster:
The sad thing is some people will try to use this story to show poker in a bad light when in reality it is completely unconnected to poker. He's also the president of an IT company, surely that is more relevant than him being a poker player.



You know what they say about gambling. "It's a hard way to make an easy living".

You are of course right but the media will go with the poker angle because it will keep their corporate masters happy.

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