Android SMS malware firm fined £50,000 and ordered to refund victims

Back in February, a SophosLabs researcher Vanja Svajcer discussed how he had discovered a malicious link on Facebook that led to malware being downloaded onto his Android smartphone.

Svajcer analysed the malware, adding detection for it as Andr/Opfake-C, and discovered that while posing as a conduit to popular games, it was coded to send an SMS message which subscribed the phone to an expensive premium rate service.

He even made a very short video of the malware automatically downloading to his Android phone…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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