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Firm fined for Angry Birds scam

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 24 May 2012 3:31 User comments (4)

Firm fined for Angry Birds scam Latvian firm fined 50,000.
It had added knock-off copies of games such as Angry Birds to the Android Market. While they were eventually rooted out and removed from the service, they had already been downloaded by many people, who then discovered that they were being charged 5 a pop for premium SMS messages.

PhonepayPlus, an industry watchdog, said that these kinds of scams are a growing threat.

In addition to the 50,000 fine, the Latvian company must also refund another 28,000 to mobile users. "It is hectic," Nitin Lachani, researcher at PhonepayPlus, said to the BBC. "These guys are coming up with more and more sophisticated malware."

"There is a wider issue here. There is malware out there which can gain total access to your phone. A cyber criminal could then deliver apps to your phone which could tap into your phone calls, your messages. You've got to be think that phones are like computers and there is a massive link to your phone bill or potentially your credit card."

Generally speaking, the biggest threat to Android users is installing applications from untrusted sources, but in this case, the malicious apps had actually gotten to the Android Market. They were removed along with others back in November.

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4 user comments

124.5.2012 12:57

And yet another country emerges that can be considered a "plague" upon our world such as all countries in the Middle East.

Scamming, thieving fiends!!!!!!!!

224.5.2012 13:32

hearme0, watch those comments as won't be tolerated on this site. who do you think came up with some of the math that the rest of the world uses, the arabs.

324.5.2012 14:29

not to mention the astronomy that enabled us to navigate out of sight of land.in my opinion,thieves have no nationality.

424.5.2012 14:54

Still. Someday harboring malware authors may become an act of war.

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