High Stakes Poker Pro Masa Kagawa arrested for Android Malware Ring

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High stakes poker player Masa Kagawa was one of nine men who were arrested for running an Android malware ring. Chiba Perfectural Police allege that the 50-year-old president of Koei Planning spammed people with Android Enesoluty, a malware used to collect personal details.

Kagawa and his cohorts then turned around and used the addresses they obtained to invite people to a phony dating site called Sakura. A police report claims that the malware ring collected 37 million email addresses from 810,000 Android devices. In turn, Kagawa and the other eight perpetrators were able to earn 390 million yen (US$3.9 million) from the Sakura dating site that victims were sent to.

Police believe that the ring operated from September of 2012 to this past April. As of now, all nine men are awaiting trial and an official court date has yet to be set.

Masa Kagawa is one of the few Japanese pros who've achieved fame through poker. He gained considerable popularity after appearing on GSN's High Stakes Poker alongside other well-known players.

Kagawa has also had some outstanding live poker tournament results as well. His crowning achievement includes finishing fifth in the 2012 EPT Grand Final Super High Roller, a finish which netted him $468,030. More recently, the Tokyo native took third place in the 2013 Aussie Millions $100k Challenge; he collected $337,824 for this finish.

His string of impressive high stakes tournament results also include taking third place in the 2007 Aussie Millions $100k High Roller ($198,820) and finishing seventh in the 2008 European Poker Championships High Roller ($157,465). Thanks to all of his high roller cashes and other strong tournament placings, Masa Kagawa has earned $1,522,449 in live tourneys. What's more is that he's also made lots of money in high stakes cash games. So it makes you wonder why he turned to nefarious computer acts like spamming to earn extra money.