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How Not to Get Busted Installing Spyware On a Cell Phone

Espionage software isn’t just for Chinese intelligence agents and Eastern European identity theft rings. A miniature Reviewsspyware industry also serves jealous spouses, worried parents, even overbearing bosses. Luckily for the targets of those small-time spies, however, it turns out that consumer-grade snoopware is much, much shoddier than the professional variety.

At the Defcon hacker conference this weekend, forensics expert and former Pentagon contractor Michael Robinson plans to give a talk on how to detect a range of commercial spyware, programs like MobileSpy and FlexiSpy that offer to let users manually install invisible software on targets’ phones to track their location, read their text messages and listen in on their calls, often for hundreds of dollars in service fees.

Robinson tested five commercial spying tools on five different devices–four Android devices and an iPhone. In most cases, he found that uncovering the presence of those spyware tools is often just a matter of digging through a few subdirectories to find a telltale file–one that often even specifies identifying details of the person doing the spying. “I was shocked to find so many glitches, and so much data that allowed attribution,” says Robinson. “If I’m going to be spying on someone, I don’t want them to know my email address and phone number.” Read full story

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