As the crackdown on cybercrimes in Japan continues, Kyoto Prefectural Police have arrested suspects believed to be linked to a virus that caused the leakage of millions of address book data from smartphones infected by the virus. Arrest warrants have also been obtained for two men in Tokyo who are alleged to be involved in the creation and spread of the virus.
Kyoto police have arrested two individuals on suspicion of storing the data. One of the suspects, 28 year old Kazuhiro Tagawa is an executive of a matchmaking website. The police also plan to charge the suspects on suspicion of sending out emails to spread the virus. In the meantime, they have obtained warrants to arrest two men from Tokyo, one of whom is suspected to have created the virus masquerading as a free app for smartphones running Google’s Android operating system. The other suspect is believed to have given the software to other individuals, including Tagawa. Tokyo police just last month arrested five others suspected of being involved in a different virus that leaked over 10 million pieces of address book data from smartphone users.
Police said that the suspects sent emails advertising the software as utilities for prolonging battery life or improving cellphone reception. The software will fail to install but is already working in the background leaking users’ address book data. An estimated 4 million pieces of data were purportedly stolen. Authorities believe that the data would have been used for the matchmaking service as well as sold to other vendors.
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