U.S. Authorities is pressing charges against a man who made a mobile application that can spy on its user without being detected. According to a report, the man who got arrested is, Hammad Akbar, CEO InvoCode, the company who made this app – StealthGenie.
The app is capable of recording calls, texts, and every other activity going inside a smartphone, and it works in a stealth mode, which makes it hard to detect. According a report from Ars Technica, the 31 year old CEO will face charges for “conspiracy, sale of a surreptitious interception device, advertisement of a known interception device, and advertising a device as a surreptitious interception device.”
Federals have arrested this man for criminal conspiracy, “He is a leader of a criminal conspiracy responsible for StealthGenie,” the indictment reads. “StealthGenie is an app designed to run on a variety of mobile smartphone platforms, including Google Inc.’s Android platform. Blackberry Limited’s Blackberry platform and Apple Inc.’s iPhone platform. It surreptitiously intercepts a variety of both outgoing and incoming wire and electronic transmissions to and from the smartphone on which it is installed.”
“Selling spyware is not just reprehensible — it’s a crime,” U.S. Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwellsaid in a statement. “Apps like StealthGenie are expressly designed for use by stalkers and domestic abusers who want to know every detail of the victim’s personal life—all without the victim’s knowledge.”
Akbar, 31, is originally from Lahore, Pakistan and was arrested in the Los Angeles last week. However, his company was using Amazon Web Services, AWS, to host their data and store data that application used to collect from the device.