Japanese Android Developers Arrested for Infecting 270,000 Phones With Malware

Today Japanese police arrested five Android developers for embedding a virus into their Android apps.

It is well known that there are plenty of ‘High-Risk’ applications in the Google Play store as well as on third party Android marketplaces. According to Japanese police they initially suspected only 90,000 infections from these apps, but they found that these guys collected 10 million separate pieces of information from their series of apps. According to Google Play, some apps have been downloaded 270,000 times.

The developers technique to get people to download their virus-ridden software was they simply took names of popular games, and added “The Movie” to the end. So,  for instance, “Angry Birds: The Movie.”.

Just another case of Android malware and viruses being distributed on Android devices. Hopefully the new ‘Bulit-in Malware App Scanner’ introduced in Android’s latest OS will help to fix this problem.