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British Phone Regulator Fines Russian Firm

A Russian company has been found guilty of installing a malicious application on users' phones.
Britain's regulator of premium rate phone services has fined a Russian company around $79,000 for "serious breaches" of its code, including price violations, misleading information and issuing charges without consent.

The regulator -- PhonepayPlus -- levied the fines against Russia's Connect Ltd.

The company also must refund within three months all money it collected from users, regardless of whether they claim a refund.

Failure to comply could result in higher court-ordered fines.

It says Connect Ltd. tricked Facebook users into installing a malicious application on their Android phones that provided access to games.

When installed, the phone owner was charged 10 pounds for an auto-reply message.

Notification of the fee was buried on page six of the terms and conditions, saying "charges of about 5 pounds" would be incurred.

With reporting by the BBC