Moscow Android malware firm faces £50,000 fine
Malware and Android make unhappy bedfellows, but unfortunately there are always financial incentives… Computer Weekly is reporting that a UK premium phone services regulator, PhonepayPlus, is pursuing a Moscow-based firm “for failing to provide accurate pricing information and charging without consent”.
Connect Ltd is being fined £50,000 for a Facebook link that led to malware being downloaded onto Android smartphones. The software autogenerated expensive texts to a premium number…
Warwick Ashford writes:
The regulator said that when consumers downloaded an Android app for accessing games, they were presented with a screen titled “Downloader”.
On selecting “install” consumers were presented with a screen which stated, “Do you agree with the rules of downloading?” which had two buttons, one marked “OK” and a second marked “Rules”.
Where a consumer selected “OK”, a text message was automatically sent to premium service that charged £10 to their bill.
The malware was originally found by Sophos, and you can read more about the detection in this post by Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos, on the Naked Security blog (the source of the video below).