Sunday, April 02, 2006

Cell Phone Monitoring Service

Spy program snoops on cell phones

The above article describes a software and internet service that is down right spooky. If you are a cell phone user with a little paranoia (justified or otherwise) you might want to keep that little device under your constant watch and maybe that isn’t even good enough. The kind of surveillance that cell systems and computers can provide to apparently even average Joes is pretty amazing and more than a little worrisome.

The seller of the software and internet service says:

"FlexiSpy is activity monitoring software that needs to be consciously installed by a human who knows exactly what the software does," Vervata said, to distinguish its product from a Trojan horse. "It does not self replicate, it does not pretend to be something it is not, and it always requires conscious human action for installation."

as though this were some kind of defense of its product. Any wiretap system could say exactly the same thing but that does not make them ethical or even legal. The system is specifically designed so that the users of the phone will have no idea that the monitoring is going on. The only ‘conscious human action’ required is on the part of the potentially underhanded criminal sneak thief doing the monitoring. This software should be declared illegal and its makers sued by any and all that discover that it has been used against them.

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