Thomas Fox-Brewster reports:
…. In a 2015 Women’s Aid survey of 693 women, 29 per cent said they had spyware or GPS locators installed on their phones or computers by a partner or ex. In 2014, NPR surveyed 70 women’s shelters, finding 85 per cent were working with victims whose abusers tracked them via GPS, or what’s often referred to as “spouseware.”
Where do those surveillance tools come from? A FORBES investigation has unearthed evidence that often behind such easy-to-use spyware are opportunistic salesmen who’re peddling not just to jealous spouses and paranoid parents for small fees, but whose powerful spying software is also sold to police and intelligence agencies for hundreds of thousands of dollars. Though the cyberweapons creators we investigated have never publicly disclosed this, their digital trails prove that often the malware used to snoop on terrorists and pedophiles is much the same as that used to control partners in abusive relationships.
Read more on Forbes.
And then check out this chat Tom had with support from Flexispy and his report on it:
As an example… pic.twitter.com/s01C2rxG8C
— Thomas Fox-Brewster (@iblametom) February 22, 2017
Related: I Tracked Myself With $170 Smartphone Spyware that Anyone Can Buy (Joseph Cox, Motherboard)