If you ever installed spyware on your own smartphone or that of your friend or partner then it is right time to hit that panic button. A hacker stole massive amounts of data from a firm developing Android spyware. The company named SpyHuman, which promotes itself as a utility tool for monitoring the smartphone usage of employees and children, was targeted by an unnamed hacker.
As Motherboard notes, SpyHuman also promoted itself as a tool to spy on romantic partners before rebranding as a product for employers and parents. Like most other spywares in the market, SpyHuman’s tool also monitors smartphone usage and relays that information to a client. In order for the spyware to work, the client must first have physical access to the device to install SpyHuman’s software. Once the spyware is installed, it can run silently in the background without any hint of it to the original device owner.
The website of SpyHuman notes that it can offer the client with information about phone calls and text messages, GPS locations, WhatsApp and Facebook messages. It can even remotely turn on the device’s microphone. The app is capable of recording all the information and relay that back to a dashboard which the client can check in real time. Its an irony nonetheless to see the company which hacks user information for money get hacked by a vigilant hacker.
“These spy apps should be out of market, most people spy on girls and [their] data image […] always sensitive,” the hacker wrote in a message after performing the hack. “No one have rights to do that and same these apps and provider making money by doing this.”
Motherboard also got hold of a video the hacker made to demonstrate how to perform the hack. The video shows that it is as easy as creating a free account and launching the program using the hacker’s spyware tool. SpyHuman has confirmed that the information belonged to its customers.
“We deeply care about our customers and the privacy of our customers’ data. After [receiving news of the hack], we immediately took actions to secure our system,” the company wrote.
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Whether SpyHuman deserved to be hacked and thus expose user data of its customers is a different question altogether. It is, however, worth noting that all spyware apps that deliberately spy on other people, will always become targets of vigilante hackers. If you are planning on spying on your friend, employee or partner then it is important to know that there are hackers constantly looking to exploit the opportunity to hack these spywares and expose user data.