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Mobile spy app creator fined $500,000

Posted Dec 5, 2014 by Owen Weldon
Two months after his arrest, the creator of a mobile spying app was fined $500,000. This is the first spyware conviction in the United States.
Phone hacking often involves unauthorized access to the voicemail of a mobile phone
Phone hacking often involves unauthorized access to the voicemail of a mobile phone
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Hammad Akbar, 31, the CEO of a mobile spyware maker called StealthGenie. He was arrested two months ago after being accused of marketing an app that allows people to monitor others' mobile activities.
A few days ago, Akbar was ordered by a US District Judge in Virginia to pay a $500,000 fine. He was also ordered to give the application's source code to the authorities, according to Engadget. Akbar pleaded guilty to charges of "sale of an interception device and the advertising of a known interception device."
Akbar admitted that the app could provide people with access to email, text messages and even pictures, when installed on a BlackBerry, iOS or Android smartphone. Incoming and outgoing phone calls could also be intercepted by StealthGenie.
According to ZDNet, authorities said that Akbar was the first person to admit criminal activity in advertising and selling spyware that invades people's confidential communications.
StealthGenie, as well as other apps like it, can track a person's every move, without their knowledge. Authorities said that as technology evolves, the FBI will continue to protect people from those who sell illegal spyware.
According to a promo video, StealthGenie has been purchased more than 90,000 times.