The Short Dangerous Step from Surveillance Software to Spyware

Surveillance software is legal. Spyware is illegal. Both monitor a specific smartphone owner's use of their device and both can gather copious amounts of information from it. Both can turn on cameras, recorders, read emails and SMS messages, and monitor all internet use. They will also follow the user's physical movements through GPS tracking. The … Continue reading The Short Dangerous Step from Surveillance Software to Spyware

Stalkers Get a New Weapon: Stalkerware 2.0

"Stalking is when two people go for a long romantic walk together, but only one of them knows about it.". Stalking, in many places, is a crime. But it is not a crime to install stalkerware on someone's smartphone. Why is this? Because no developer ever names such applications 'stalkerware'. Naming them as such would … Continue reading Stalkers Get a New Weapon: Stalkerware 2.0

Stalkerware: “Even your grandad will be monitoring phones in no time!”

85% of women entering domestic violence shelters say their attackers stalked them using GPS. 75% of them said their stalkers used remote surveillance tools. Brian Spitzberg  found, in one of the largest studies on the subject, that “2–13% of males and 8–32% of females are victimized by stalking at some point in their adult lives, … Continue reading Stalkerware: “Even your grandad will be monitoring phones in no time!”

Amazon and eBay Stop Sale of Samsung Galaxy 4 Clone: Chinese-Made Star N9500 Found to Contain Pre-Installed Dangerous Spyware

Yesterday, Ebay reported it would no longer be selling the popular Chinese-made Star N9500 smartphone after German security firm, G Data, discovered dangerous pre-installed spyware on the device. Amazon initially refused to comment on the story but, this morning, when I tried to access the page featuring the device, I found that it had been … Continue reading Amazon and eBay Stop Sale of Samsung Galaxy 4 Clone: Chinese-Made Star N9500 Found to Contain Pre-Installed Dangerous Spyware