Spying app creator arrested

Posted Oct 1, 2014 by Owen Weldon
Hammad Akbar, 31, the CEO of a mobile spyware maker, was arrested over the weekend. He is being accused of illegally marketing an app that monitors mobile phone activity.
Federal prosecutors say the app, called StealthGenie, monitors calls, videos, texts and other forms of communications on mobile phones without being detected.
According to Engadget, Akbar is charged with conspiracy, as well as advertising of a known interception device and advertising a device as a surreptitious device and sale of such a device.
The app was available on Blackberry, iOS and Android. A video marketing StealthGenie asks So you want to keep an eye on your loved one or your employees, because you suspect they're hiding something and it might get too late?
The ad also asks how would people know where their loved ones or employees were, as well as how would they know what they were doing "right now?"
StealthGenie collects data on the phone it is installed on and then sends it to the purchaser's StealthGenie account, according to Tech Times.
Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department's Criminal Division said that selling spyware is a crime. Caldwell continued to say StealthGenie and apps like it are designed for domestic abusers and stalkers who want to know everything about a victim's personal life.
The indictment says that the app's business plan states that the company expects more than half of their customers to be spouses who want to monitor their partners.
StealthGenie's website, which has since been taken offline, said that users who use the app should do so in a lawful manner.