spyware

State of Surveillance

Cyber Sleuths Find Traces of Infamous iPhone and Android Spyware ‘Pegasus’ in 45 Countries

A new report by digital human rights researchers reveals that the infamous spyware Pegasus, made by NSO Group, has traces in 45 countries around the world, including the United States.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
9.18.18
When Spies Come Home

Spyware Company Exposed ‘281 Gigabytes’ of Children’s Photos Online

Consumer spyware company Family Orbit confirmed that it left its cloud storage servers vulnerable to hackers.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
8.30.18
When Spies Come Home

Spyware Company That Marketed to Domestic Abusers Gets Hacked

A hacker broke into the servers of TheTruthSpy, one of the most notorious stalkerware companies out there, and stole logins, audio recordings, pictures, and text messages, among other data.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
8.28.18
When Spies Come Home

Spyware Company Leaves ‘Terabytes’ of Selfies, Text Messages, and Location Data Exposed Online

A company that sells surveillance software to parents and employers left “terabytes of data” including photos, audio recordings, text messages and web history, exposed in a poorly-protected Amazon S3 bucket.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
8.23.18
When Spies Come Home

Hacker Steals Customers' Text Messages from Android Spyware Company

A hacker has stolen text messages and call metadata from SpyHuman, a firm selling malware to the everyday consumer. It’s the fifth such consumer spyware company to be targeted recently.
Joseph Cox
7.9.18
Video Games

Game Developers Dump 'Redshell' Tracking Program After Privacy Backlash

Developers of games like Total War and Civilization are apologizing and removing the software from their games.
Ian Birnbaum
6.18.18
Stalkerware

Don’t Use Software to Spy on Your Spouse

Reason’s “To Spy on a Cheating Spouse” explains a practice that harms thousands of women who are surveilled by their partners.
Samantha Cole
6.1.18
State of Surveillance

Turkey's Government Tried to Hack Hundreds of Protesters Over Twitter, Researchers Say

A new report details a widespread campaign targeting several Turkish activists and protesters, using the infamous government malware made by FinFisher.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
5.14.18
Internet Insecurity

‘Guild Wars 2’ Caught Using Spyware to Catch Cheaters

The makers of the popular multiplayer game caught almost 1,600 alleged cheaters using a program that scanned their computers for cheating software.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
4.16.18
Stalkerware

‘Stalkerware’ Seller Shuts Down Apps ‘Indefinitely’ After Getting Hacked Again

A company that sells spyware or “stalkerware” for everyday users has ceased operations of its handful of apps that monitor computers and cellphones.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
3.6.18
When Spies Come Home

Military, FBI, and ICE Are Customers of Controversial ‘Stalkerware’

Consumer spyware is popular not just with the general population, but also with members of the US government.
Joseph Cox
2.23.18
Stalkerware

A Hacker Has Wiped a Spyware Company’s Servers—Again

"I don't want to live in a world where younger generations grow up without privacy."
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
2.16.18