David’s Take: spousal spyware
I am not proud of the fact that one of the reasons why my first marriage ended was due to some information that I collected from my ex using network monitoring tools. While that was a long time ago, now suspicious spouses have tools that are easier to use than my packet sniffer, such as PhoneSheriff. In an ironic twist, the vendor of this spyware has had its customer data leaked. These account holders include a fifth grade teacher at a school in Washington, DC; a man who breeds dogs professionally in Georgia; and the president of a sunglasses distributor in New York. There are also numerous victims of domestic violence who were monitored as well. This spyware is intrusive: you can intercept calls; remotely switch on the device's microphone; monitor Facebook, WhatsApp, and iMessage chats; read text messages; track the phone's GPS location, and record the user's Internet browsing history. Motherboard did some research into these tools.
-- David Strom, editor of Inside Security
NB: I will be on vacation next week, but have written two special issues of Inside Security that are scheduled to arrive on Tuesday and Thursday. Will be back with the regular edition on Monday May 1.