CONTROVERSIAL mobile phone "spyware" is being openly promoted as a tool to catch unfaithful spouses despite a federal police attempt to shut it down.
For $1 a day, ordinary folk are attaining police-like powers to eavesdrop on phone calls, monitor SMS messages, track the phone owner's every movement and switch on the phone's record function at any time of the night or day. Alarmingly, mobile phone-monitoring software, or spyware, is almost impossible to detect, operating in stealth mode.
Security experts have called for a government crackdown and, in the same week Apple launched the new iPhone5 in Australia, are warning of a potential tsunami of privacy breaches.
"I think it's far more widespread than anyone knows because people are doing this furtively," security expert Warren Mallard said.
The Sunday Mail found it was open slather on the use of phone spyware due to a legal grey area, with private investigators promoting it as a tool to catch cheating partners by secretly installing it on their mobile phones.
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