5 Japanese Android mobile application developers arrested for embedding personal information-stealing malware in Android applications

// October 31st, 2012 // Hacking and Security

Computer malwareJapanese police arrested five Android mobile application developers for creating and embedding information stealing code in mobile applications that they distributed through the Android Market Place (Play Store).  It is believed that more than 10 million “pieces of information” were stolen.  The developers created a video-related application which included code to silently obtain and send personal information from the user’s phone to the hackers’ servers. The app was released for free and had been downloaded more than 270,000 times from the Android Play Store.  The free app(s) included the phrase “The Movie” appended to the name of existing popular game titles.  Police do not believe that the stolen information had been used by the malware developers and are not sure of the hackers’ motives.

Sources: The Hacker News




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