What’s worse than finding out that somebody you know has been secretly spying on you? Finding out that the spying app that they used has been hacked and that now all of the personal information they gathered from you has been dumped on a Deep Web site for the whole world to see.
That’s the situation that thousands have been left in after the popular yet controversial spying app mSpy was hacked recently.
As news of the security breach broke, mSpy continued to deny that any information had been leaked even as it appeared on the Deep Web.
However, they have since admitted to the BBC that the details of 80,000 customers have been released.
While it may seem like the legally dubious company is coming clean about the breach, it must be remembered that the hackers themselves claim to have released the details of over 400,000 customers.
The customer details that were released include credit card information that were used to pay for the service, however much more sinister is the fact that the memory dumps that stored the information gathered from targets, have also been breached and this data has also been released online on the Deep Web.
This information includes names, addresses, credit card details, Apple IDs, passwords and text messages along with anything else that they entered into their phone while under surveillance.
The software is advertised as a platform through which parents can protect their children by monitoring their phone use, however, now their children’s details are freely accessible on the Deep Web.
Krebs on Security reported on the breach and spoke with a number of users of the software whose data was revealed.
One such customer was Katherine Till, who admitted that her and her husband used mSpy to monitor their 14 year old daughter’s smartphone.
She stated that she was greatly disturbed by the security breach, and was horrified by mSpy’s denial of the hacking, saying that personal information about her daughter was freely available on the Internet and they were not informed of it.
There is definitely some irony to be found in the fact that parents used the software to protect their children, yet have now left them more vulnerable than ever.
However, even though that is how mSpy promotes itself as such, parents only account for about 40% of users.
With another 10% of customers being employers monitoring company phones, that leaves roughly half of customers using mSpy for “other purposes”.
What is somewhat horrifying is that their victims may never find out that their details have been released and posted to different Deep Web sites.
Undoubtedly this security breach will bring back into question the legality mSpy, which has been the subject of controversy since it was founded.
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