Data 400,000 with spying spyware app users on the street




Hackers have the database log information from the spy app mSpy captured and put online. According to the site where the data is located, are data of more than 400,000 people, including passwords, location data and payment information.

Last week, hackers were hundreds of gigabytes of data captured from servers mSpy, says security researcher Brian Krebs on his blog Krebs on Security. The unknown hackers placed the data on a site that can only be visited using the Tor Browser. In the readme file that placed the hackers on the page, it states that it was going to transfer data from more than 400,000 mSpy by spying on people. The database would contain among other Apple IDs plus passwords, payment data from approximately 145,000 transactions, location data and photos. The leaked data is according to Krebs also support requests from customers who installed the app on the phone of the person they wanted to follow.

MSpy is a product of an eponymous company; according to Krebs are two programmers from the United Kingdom and Russia behind the company. The spyware is available for Android, Blackberry and iOS phones; In addition, it is also a version for desktop computers. The program can include the GPS location, web history, email, whatsapp messages and record keystrokes. Which are then stored on the company’s server and one who wants to track users can view them via a Web interface. According to the company, there are more than 1 million customers using mSpy. The company has not yet responded to the hack.

According mSpy product is intended for monitoring children or employees. The company promises that the app is completely invisible to work. In many countries, including the Netherlands, it is forbidden for individuals or companies to dismiss people just listen without their consent. MSpy therefore writes on his site that users are responsible for compliance with the law; The Company disclaims liability for illegal use of the software off.

In November last year in the United States, a Danish maker of a similar espionage app sentenced to a fine of $ 500,000, converted more than 400,000 euros. Selling spyware is punishable under US law. It was the first time someone was convicted in the US for creating spy software.


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