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Cellphone Spyware to track someones calls and other activity

Discussion in 'Wireless News' started by Fire14, Mar 29, 2006.

  1. Fire14

    Fire14 Easy,Cheap & Sleazy
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    Spy program snoops on cell phones

    New software that hides on cell phones and captures call logs and text messages is being sold as a way to monitor kids and spouses. But one security company calls it a Trojan horse.

    The FlexiSpy application captures call logs, text messages and mobile Internet activity, among other things. The software, released at the beginning of March, sells for $49.95 and is advertised by Bangkok, Thailand-based Vervata as a tool to monitor kids and unfaithful spouses. The data captured is sent to Vervata's servers and is accessible to customers via a special Web site.

    Similar surveillance software for PCs already exists and has raised the ire of groups fighting domestic violence, who fear it may be used by abusive spouses.

    FlexiSpy has attracted a different kind of criticism from security company F-Secure, which has labeled the software a Trojan, or a malicious program that disguises itself as something innocuous.

    "This application installs itself without any kind of indication as to what it is," Jarno Niemela wrote on the Finnish antivirus maker's corporate blog Wednesday. "And when it is installed on the phone, it completely hides itself from the user."

    FlexiSpy could be used by miscreants as part of malicious software that targets phones, Niemela wrote. Alternatively, an attacker could try sending the program to phones via a Bluetooth connection and trust that there are enough curious people to install it. F-Secure has updated its security software for mobile phones to detect the program.

    Vervata could not be immediately reached for comment, but in a question-and-answer section of the FlexiSpy Web site, the company insists the program is not malicious.

    "FlexiSpy requires to be consciously installed and configured by someone, unlike a Virus or Trojan which spreads automatically without any action," the section reads.

    FlexiSpy is available for cell phones that run the Symbian operating system, such as Nokia Series 60 handsets. Vervata plans to release by the end of April a version for Research In Motion's BlackBerry, as well as for devices that run Microsoft's Windows Mobile Pocket PC operating system, according to the company's Web site.

    Vervata is still working on "FlexiSpy Pro," which will log e-mail and multimedia messages, in addition to the other data, according to the company's Web site. That version will also include a "monitoring" feature that lets the user call the target cell phone from a preset number and listen in on what's going on in the background, in much the same way a baby monitor works.
     
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  2. walkguru

    walkguru Wireless Guru
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    Wirelessly posted (Walkguru's: Nokia6682/2.0 (3.01.1) SymbianOS/8.0 Series60/2.6 Profile/MIDP-2.0 Configuration/CLDC-1.1 UP.Link/6.3.0.0.0)

    Wow thats interesting.
     
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  3. djdubber

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    obviously this was to happen... i'd expect more of it in the future
     
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  4. MOTOhooligan

    MOTOhooligan Former Mobile Data Addict
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    That is messed up. How is that even legal? I guess if the company can 'prove' that there are legitimate uses (keeping track of your kids) then they can't get sued when it is used for illegal purposes.
     
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  5. Fire14

    Fire14 Easy,Cheap & Sleazy
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    I am sure this will get fought once someone finds out that another person is using it on them. I don't like the idea either even if they use Kids as a reason for parents to track them it doesn't sound right.
     
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    Andy Diamond Senior Member
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    You are right, I agree. It doesn't sound right. It invades their privacy in a way that's too wrong to do I think.
     
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  7. EmmaS

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    If I use it for employee monitoring. Is it legal?
     
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  8. Jay2TheRescue

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    Do you own the phone and pay 100% of the bill? If the answer is yes, then its legal. If you don't own the phones and/or don't pay 100% of the bill, then no, its not legal. I don't recommend doing this though, even if you owned the phones and paid the bill.
     
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  9. RadioRaiders

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    If you do some kind of "employee monitoring" you should have your employees sign some kind of acknowledgement form, or make them aware in some way that the use of their phone may be monitored. For example, when I log in my work PC, there is a prompt saying that my employer has the right to monitor my e-mails and internet usage to make sure it's in accordance with company policy.
     
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  10. EmmaS

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    yea, Thanks for your reminding.
     
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  11. janemoss

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    Is it true? I have heard that "iPhone Spy Software" Only Work on a Jailbreak iPhone. i don't think so it's available for iO6 iPhone 5,Is There Any way to Install iPhone Spyware without jail-breaking,It's would nice if you can tell us about some app that can spy without Physical Access?Flexispy,Mobistealth,Mobile-Spy are All required Physical Access as far as i Know.
     
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  12. dmapr

    dmapr Silver Senior Member
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    If it's not available in the Apple store, you can't install it without jailbreaking.
     
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