Five people, including the owner of an information technology-related company, were arrested Tuesday on suspicion of providing a virus built into smartphone applications that stole more than 10 million pieces of personal information from users' address books.
The Metropolitan Police Department said about 90,000 people's smartphones were infected with a virus lurking in applications they downloaded.
According to the MPD, this is the first case established to deal with such a large information theft in Japan.
Investigative sources said a man who runs an IT-related company allegedly created video applications for Android smartphones containing a virus that extracts personal information stored on the phone. In collusion with a woman who is the former president of another Tokyo-based IT-related firm, the man released the apps on Google Inc.'s official store for free in late March. He is suspected to have had the malicious apps transmit personal information, including telephone numbers and e-mail addresses, to an external server.
Apparently perplexed but thrilled to find himself in the spotlight, Iwao Hakamada, formerly the world's longest-serving death-row inmate, made his first public appearance Monday in Tokyo since being released from prison and hospitalized. (Japan Times )
Aichi prefectural police are investigating a possible link between the discovery of the bodies of a husband and wife and their eldest son, and the body of a male relative of the deceased family who was found hanging by his neck in a hotel. (Japan Today )
The body of one of two missing workers who died on March 30 after a floating pier overturned while being unloaded from a barge during construction work on a remote rocky atoll, was found on Sunday, the coast guard said. (Japan Today )
East Japan Railway Co. launched a special train service on the JR Kamaishi Line in Iwate Prefecture on Saturday, using a restored C58 steam locomotive in a bid to help revive the local economy hit hard by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. (The Japan News )