High stakes poker player Masaaki Kagawa has been arrested this week and charged with running an Android malware ring and operating a scam dating website.
Kagawa, who is president of the Tokyo IT firm Koei Planning, has been labeled the mastermind of the illegal operation, which allegedly distributed spam via the use of a program designed to collect personal details from Android devices, titled ‘Android Enesoluty’.
After conducting a raid on the offices of Koei Planning in April this year, Authorities believe the operation had run from September 2012 solidly until that point.
As reported by symantec.com recently, “The group was able to collect approximately 37 million email addresses from around 810 000 android devices”.
Further to this “The Company earned over 390 million yen (around 3.9million dollars U.S.) by running a fake online dating service called ‘Sakura’ 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 (program)”.
Kagawa is a pretty regular face on the poker circuit, particularly through the Asia-Pacific region, playing largely at stops offering high roller tournaments.
The 50-year-old Japanese national has several times featured in the money at competition level, most notably in 2012 at the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo Casino EPT Final 100,000 pound High Roller, where he claimed $468,030 in prize money, as well as the 2007 Aussie Millions, $100,000 Challenge, pocketing $198,820.
Most recently, Kagawa finished third in the 2013 Aussie Millions $100,000 Challenge, where he picked up a neat $337,824 prize.
All nine men including Kagawa are currently awaiting likely prosecution, whereby a lengthy sentence behind bars is a definite possibility.