Stalkerware

When Spies Come Home
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
Stalkerware
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
Public Service Announcements
Public Service Announcements

Watch Joseph Cox and Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai Give a Talk About 'Stalkerware'

At Re:Publica 18, right now.
Motherboard Staff
5.4.18
Stalkerware
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
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
When Spies Come Home
When Spies Come Home

Hacker Strikes ‘Stalkerware’ Companies, Stealing Alleged Texts and GPS Locations of Customers

Nearly a year after Motherboard reported the data breaches of two spyware companies, another hacker has independently targeted two more.
Joseph Cox
2.22.18
Stalkerware
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
FlexiSpy
FlexiSpy

Florida Cop Bought Powerful Phone Malware That Can Intercept Emails and WhatsApp

In the first known case of a U.S. regional agency purchasing malware, a Florida Department of Law Enforcement officer bought FlexiSpy.
Joseph Cox
1.24.18
When Spies Come Home
When Spies Come Home

When Technology Takes Hostages: The Rise of 'Stalkerware'

NSA zero-days and sophisticated state surveillance tools get all the headlines. But we’re overlooking the dangerous, life-threatening, rise of “stalkerware,” which enables domestic violence.
Elle Armageddon
5.25.17
When Spies Come Home
When Spies Come Home

Wanna Know If Someone Planted Spyware on Your Computer?

Activist Claudio Guarnieri has released a tool to detect and remove FlexiSpy from your PC.
Joseph Cox
5.2.17
customer service
customer service

A Week Later, Hacked Spyware Vendors Haven't Warned Their 130,000 Customers

An alleged email apparently shows one employee explicitly telling staff not to warn customers the company was hacked.
Joseph Cox
4.25.17
When Spies Come Home
When Spies Come Home

Meet FlexiSpy, The Company Getting Rich Selling 'Stalkerware' to Jealous Lovers

How a small company in Thailand came to dominate the shady market of consumer spyware.
Joseph Cox
4.21.17