Fake Japanese app steals 10m pieces of personal info

Dave Evans reports:

A group of Japanese app developers could face up to three years imprisonment after being arrested over a smartphone virus scam. Initial reports said that about 90,000 smartphones were infected by the virus which extracted personal information stored on users’ handsets.

The apps, marketed to unsuspecting customers as a download called “The Movie”, ostensibly offered a free video facility for Android smartphones and were advertised via popular games titles.

They were also offered on Google’s official apps store around March this year where, according to the reports, some 270,000 copies were downloaded.


Read more on GoMo News.  The Hacker News broke the story.

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