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Dane must pay heavy fines for making spyware app
The Danish owner of the company behind Stealth Genie, an app that allows users other smartphone users can spy, was sentenced to a fine of $ 500,000. That converts more than 400,000 euros.
The US Department of Justice says that the Dane, Hamad Akbar, has been arrested in September and a judge sentenced him now. Akbar also received a prison sentence equal to the time he spent in custody; he therefore no longer have to stay in jail. He must hand over the source code of Stealth Genie to the US government. Stealth Genie’s website was taken offline.
With Stealth Genie, users could spy on other smartphone users. To this end, they first had to install the Stealth Genie app on the phone to spy; the spy app supported iOS, Android and BlackBerry phones. Once installed, an attacker could gain access to emails, text messages, photos, videos and calendar items.
Leaving the app did his best to blend in. So the app on Android was not visible in the app drawer; an average user would never know so that his device spy software on board.
It is the first time that a maker of spy software in the United States has been sentenced. The exploitation of spyware is punishable under US law. It is unclear what that means for maker of commercial malware as FinFisher and Hacking Team who sell their wares to governments. Users of malware, according to the US government criminalized. That is most likely not for governments, although the use of malware, but more than allowed companies and private individuals.Viewing:-220
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