According to Symantec, a well know security software company, a man who has won about $1.5 million in poker tournaments has been arrested and charged with running an operation that uses Android malware, and a fake dating website to scam victims out of $3.9 million.
Kagawa was already under investigation while playing in that tournament. Symantec explains:
From our observations, the operation began around September 2012 and ended in April 2013 when authorities raided the company office. We confirmed around 150 domains were registered to host the malicious apps during this time span. According to media reports, the group was able to collect approximately 37 million e-mail addresses from around 810,000 Android devices. The company earned over 390 million yen (approximately 3.9 million US dollars) 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.
What makes this story so sensational is that Masaaki Kagawa was already a successful person. He was the president of an IT firm called Koei Planning and was a successful gambler. Since 2008, he's won $1.5 million in high stakes poker games and, according to Ars Technica, was actually under investigation while he was at his last tournament.
If you are one of those who are using Avast!, chances are that you have already experienced Gmail, PayPal and Google Currents getting the red flag from this mobile security application. Authorities from Avast! want the people to hold their horses; it's just a tech glitch and that they are already looking to fix the problem. It will soon update its list of virus to remove the false detection problem.
In fact, you could have already received the update, since some have already reported at the forum that theirs already got updated. Check your phone for updates and if you haven't gotten hold of the automatic update, you can still do it manually. You can also run an application scan, in case the update does not take effect as soon as you have installed it.
An update is being rolled out to fix the problem. Avast! Support forum moderator Filip Havlicek writes:
it seems that this false positive detection somehow got through our systems to everyone. I'm sorry for that. Don't worry though, there should be a virus definitions update soon that will remove this detection. I'm going to reroute all topics to this one and lock them so everyone knows what's happening. I'll post here when the update is out so everyone can do a manual update of their definitions to fix this (or you can, of course, wait for the automatic update to happen, but manual will most probably be faster in this case).