Sunday, March 16, 2014
Starting Today, Jealous Lovers Can Buy NSA-Like Monitoring Powers
Via Forbes: Imagine this happy occasion. On his girlfriend’s birthday a man announces he has a special gift. She unwraps the box to find a sleek new Android phone. She throws her arms around him and lands a warm kiss for his kindness. Unbeknownst to the woman however, from that moment on the phone records everything that happens on the device and sends the details to a remote website. Every call is recorded, every keystroke logged, every email seen, every SMS chat or photograph monitored. Whenever the boyfriend wants, he logs online and reviews the trove of information. This is not some dystopian nightmare. It’s possible right now using commercially available software from mSpy, which cheerily advises potential buyers: "And they won’t find out". Starting today, the company is also selling phones preloaded with the software, making it simple for users without any tech savvy to start surveillance right out of the box. The phone package is available with the HTC One, Nexus 5, Samsung Galaxy S4 and iPhone 5s, at varying cost; for example, the Samsung Galaxy S4 costs $300; the subscription for the preloaded software costs another $199 for a year. I tried a test version of the iPhone. Although it took some time for some of the data to arrive to the website, it had uncannily accurate location data, and was able to pinpoint my movements to exact buildings on a university campus.