Mobile premium-rate payments firm A1 Agregator has been fined £50k by UK regulator PhonepayPlus for its part in a series of Android apps that pretended to be famous games, and scammed users out of money using premium rate texts. The ‘RuFraud’ apps were fake versions of Angry Birds, Assassins Creed and Cut the Rope, which not only charged users £15 when opened via PSMS, but suppressed the sent and received messages that would have alerted users to the fact. PhonepayPlus estimates that the apps were downloaded around 14k times worldwide, with nearly £29k being harvested from 1,391 British consumers. A1 Agregator didn’t make the malware, but it was responsible for the PSMS payments.
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