03 Apr Spyware app exposes private photos, hosting provider steps in
A hosting company took down a database operated by a spying app this week after it was found displaying thousands of intimate images and recordings online.
MobiiSpy, an Android app that can be used to track what people do on their phones, left over 95,000 images and 25,000 audio recordings on a publicly accessible database according to a report by Motherboard on 22 March.
Although the database didn’t include names or contact information, it did contain call records and photos that could be used to identify the phones’ owners.
According to researchers, the app’s developer had hardcoded the database URL directly into the app, which lets the operator read the target’s phone contacts and texts and even trigger remote recordings without the target’s knowledge.