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A man who has won about $1.5 million in poker tournaments has been arrested and charged with running an operation that combined spam, Android malware, and a fake dating website to scam victims out of $3.9 million, according to Symantec.

Symantec worked with investigators from the Chiba Prefectural Police in Japan, who earlier this week "arrested nine individuals for distributing spam that included e-mails with links to download Android.Enesoluty—a malware used to collect contact details stored on the owner’s device," Symantec wrote in its blog.

Android.Enesoluty is a Trojan distributed as an Android application file. It steals information and sends it to computers run by hackers. It was discovered by security researchers in September 2012.

The suspect flagged as the "main player running the operation" is 50-year-old Masaaki Kagawa of Tokyo, president of an IT firm named Koei Planning and a poker player with success in high-stakes tournaments around the world.

Masaaki Kagawa wins a big pot in the Aussie Millions Cash Game Invitational a few years ago.

Kagawa has reportedly won about $1.5 million in tournaments dating back to 2008 (minus entry fees). His most recent score was a third place finish in the 2013 Aussie Millions Poker Championship in February, which netted him $320,000.

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.

The malware allegedly used in this operation appears to share source code with Android.Uracto, a Trojan that steals contacts and sends spam text messages to those contacts. Scammers maintaining Android.Uracto have not yet been identified.

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Kowloon Walled City Arcade 1

Kowloon Walled City, the lawless metropolis just outside Hong Kong, was evacuated and destroyed – but there is still one place in the world where it can be experienced almost as it really was, in a safer and more sanitized setting. Visitors to the Kawasaki Warehouse Amusement Game Park located between Tokyo and Yokohama can slip into those dark, virtually airless passages long after their disappearance to get a sense of what it must have been like to live in a packed dystopian city run by the mob.

Kowloon Walled City Arcade 2

David of Randomwire visited Kawasaki to get a glimpse of it himself, revealing a recreation that takes you from a faux-rusted factory exterior into dingy alleyways modeled on those of Kowloon. David describes it as “grimy, devoid of sunlight and complete with a soundtrack to match.”

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Thursday Tunes: New FvF Mixtape by Leigh Irwin aka. Lady Noir

The two pseudonyms Viva L’Amour and Lady Noir allow Melbourne based, Leigh Irwin, to uniquely traverse and explore a range of musical genres. Leigh started DJing while living in Tokyo in the mid 90′s before completing a Bachelor of Music majoring in composition.

This experience led her to work in the role of music director for Melbourne and Sydney Fashion weeks over the last five years while also appearing alongside some of the biggest names in the electronic music scene, such as Peaches and Miss Kitten.

Her eclectic mix contains hits from the late 70′s to this year, with tracks by Duran Duran, Maria Minerva and Cocteau Twins.

Find find out more about this talented lady on Freunde von Freunden.

Tracklist:

1. Keys of Life – Klaus Nomi
2. Grail Overfloweth – Cocteau Twins
3. The Chauffeur – Duran Duran
4. Waltz Real Slow – HTRK
5. The Need – Chris & Cosey
6. Ruff Trade – Maria Minerva
7. YangYang (dub) – Anika
8. His Box – Dalis Car
9. In My Velvet Cage – Venus In Furs
10. The World Fell – Var
11. Carpet Rash – Total Control
12. Make-Up – Vanity 6
13. Heartbeat – XEX
14. A Long Way Down – James T. Cotton

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Time once more for a look at the animal kingdom and our interactions with the countless species that share our planet. Today's photos include Iranian dog owners under pressure, a bloom of mayflies, Kim Jong-un visiting Breeding Station No. 621, animals fleeing recent fires and floods, and a dachshund receiving acupuncture therapy. These images and many others are part of this roundup of animals in the news from recent weeks, seen from the perspectives of their human observers, companions, captors, and caretakers, part of an ongoing series on animals in the news. [38 photos]

James Hyslop, a Scientific Specialist at Christie's auction house holds a complete sub-fossilised elephant bird egg on March 27, 2013 in London, England. The massive egg, from the now-extinct elephant bird sold for $101,813 at Christie's "Travel, Science and Natural History" sale, on April 24, 2013 in London. Elephant birds were wiped out several hundred years ago. The egg, laid on the island of Madagascar, is believed to date back before the 17th century. (Oli Scarff/Getty Images)     

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Hyper_drive_yurikamome

Opened in 1995, Yurikamome was one of the first fully-automated railways to open in Japan. Running from Shimbashi to Toyusu, the line travels past some of Tokyo's famous landmarks, including the giant Daikanransha Ferris Wheel. Vimeo / YouTube user darwinfish105 has created a hyperlapse — like a timelapse, but taken from a non-stationary viewpoint — video aboard a Yurikamone train, and the result is pretty spectacular. The filmmaker mirrored and flipped the video, creating a kaleidoscopic effect that adds to the sense of speed, but there's also a less-edited version available on YouTube, if you'd rather take in more of the sights.

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One of the oldest forms of storytelling is that of re-enactment, donning the costumes of the story's subjects, miming their actions, performing a narrative before a live audience. Whether organized by history enthusiasts, government offices, religious groups, or just for fun, military battles and religious events are the most popular subjects for re-enactment. Collected here are recent performances from around the world, covering a few events from the past 2,000 years. [36 photos]

Actors wearing military uniforms of the Hungarian and Austrian Hapsburg dynasty reenact the first stage of the 1849 Battle of Isaszeg, Hungary, on April 6, 2013 during the Isaszeg Historical Days event. The battle was part of the Spring Campaign of the Hungarian Revolution of 1848 between the Austrian Empire and the Hungarian Revolutionary Army. (Peter Kohalmi/AFP/Getty Images)     

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Tokyo Dreams by Nicholas Barker

Award-winning documentary filmmaker Nicholas Barker likes to film things that he finds amusing: ‘questions of taste, hetrosexual fiasco, domestic absurdity, acts of idiocy, all forms of self-delusion. Anything in short that is somehow funny, painful and true.’

His latest documentary ‘Tokyo Dreams’ narrates the undeniable sleeping methods of subway rides in Tokyo. Almost ten minutes long, the film takes the viewer through the transforming landscape of the city, capturing all sorts of habitants and their dozing off. 

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They keep things out or enclose them within. They're symbols of power, and a means of control. They're canvases for art, backdrops for street theater, and placards for political messages. They're just waiting for when nobody's looking to receive graffiti. Walls of all kinds demarcate our lives. -- Lane Turner (41 photos total).
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Workers clean the curtain wall of the 40-story National Bank of Economic Social Development in Rio de Janeiro on December 12, 2012. (Vanderlei Almeida/AFP/Getty Images)     

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Tokyo Dreams by Nicholas Barker
This might make you sleepy, watch below!

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