Spyware app leaks 2 million records2018-09-07 15:01 by Daniela
Personal details of two million people were exposed online by a controversial tracking app, called mSpy. According to the cybersecurity expert KrebsOnSecurity, mSpy leaked sensitive information - including usernames and passwords of its paying customers and devices targeted by the spy software.
The exposed database also contained other sensitive data, including iCloud username and authentication token of mobile devices using mSPy and iCloud backup files. Also, transaction details of mSpy licenses purchase in the last six months were exposed, including the name of the buyer, email address, mailing address, and amount paid.
Clarifying what actually happened, the company noted that although the data on the open web was indeed viewable for several days, it was due to a "technical mistake" by its developers, rather than deliberate leakage.
mSpy is the creator of a mobile monitoring software, primarily focused toward parents as a way of keeping track of their children's activities on their phones. The software has attracted negative attention since its launch in 2010, especially with regards to the ethics involved, as the premise of the app is highly controversial.
It's not the first time mSpy has leaked data, according to Krebs. In 2015, in the space of a few weeks, the service reportedly had two separate security breaches.
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