mSpy

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mSpy
Logo mSpy.png
Developer(s)London-based tech company
Operating systemiOS
Available inMultilingual
Typemobile and computer parental control monitoring
LicensePaid & Trial
Websitemspy.com

mSpy is a brand of mobile and computer parental control monitoring software for iOS, Android, Windows, and macOS. The app allows users to monitor and log activity on the client device.[1][2]

History[edit]

mSpy was launched as a product for mobile monitoring in 2010 by a London-based tech company.

In 2012, the application allowed parents to monitor not only smartphones but also computers - Windows and Mac.

In 2013, mSpy became TopTenReviews Cell phone monitoring software award winner.[3]

By 2014, the business grew nearly 400%, and the app's user numbers exceeded the 1 million mark.[4]

In 2016, mLite, a light version of mSpy, became available from Google Play.

In 2015 and 2018, mSpy was the victim of data breaches which released user data.[5]

Reception[edit]

It was noted that since mSpy runs inconspicuously, there is risk of the software being used illegally. mSpy was called "terrifying" by The Next Web[6] and was featured in NPR coverage of spyware used against victims of stalking and other domestic violence.[7]

In May 2015, Brian Krebs claimed that mSpy was hacked, leaking personal data for hundreds of thousands of users of devices with mSpy installed.[8] mSpy claimed that there was no data leak, but that instead, it was the victim of blackmailers.[9]

In September 2018, Brian Krebs claimed and demonstrated that anyone could easily gain access to the mSpy database containing data for millions of users. [10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rossman, Jim (May 3, 2014). phone-activity.ece "There are ways of keeping tabs on your kids’ phone activity". Dallasnews.com. Retrieved June 24, 2014.
  2. ^ Shaw, Keith (May 22, 2014). "How far are you willing to go to spy on your employees' smartphones? " Networkworld.com. Retrieved June 24, 2014.
  3. ^ "mSpy Got PTPA Winner's Seal of Approval | Cell Phone Spy Software Reviews". www.top10spysoftware.com. Retrieved 2016-09-29.
  4. ^ Ong, Josh (November 28, 2013). "mSpy: A terrifying app for spying on another smartphone or tablet user." Thenextweb.com. Retrieved June 24, 2014.
  5. ^ "Another mSpy leak exposed millions of sensitive user records". SearchSecurity. Retrieved 2021-06-17.
  6. ^ Josh Ong (2013-11-28). "mSpy: A Terrifying App for Spying on Another Smartphone User". Thenextweb.com. Retrieved 2015-11-08.
  7. ^ "Smartphones Are Used To Stalk, Control Domestic Abuse Victims : All Tech Considered". NPR. 2014-09-15. Retrieved 2015-11-08.
  8. ^ "Mobile Spyware Maker mSpy Hacked, Customer Data Leaked — Krebs on Security". Krebsonsecurity.com. 2015-05-14. Retrieved 2015-11-08.
  9. ^ "Child spy firm hit by blackmailers". BBC. 2015-05-20. Retrieved 2015-11-08.
  10. ^ "For 2nd Time in 3 Years, Mobile Spyware Maker mSpy Leaks Millions of Sensitive Records — Krebs on Security". Krebsonsecurity.com. 2018-09-04. Retrieved 2018-09-04.

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