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Operating systemiOS, Android, Windows, macOS
Available inMultilingual
Typemobile and computer parental control monitoring

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] It is owned by the Ukrainian IT company Brainstack[3][4].


mSpy was launched in 2010 for monitoring mobile devices.

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

By 2014, the business grew nearly 400%, and the app's user numbers exceeded the 1 million mark.[5]

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.[6]

In 2024, mSpy's Zendesk was compromised by an unknown threat actor, revealing their customer list[7].


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[8] and was featured in NPR coverage of spyware used against victims of stalking and other domestic violence.[9]

In May 2015, Brian Krebs reported that mSpy was hacked, leaking personal data for hundreds of thousands of users of devices with mSpy installed.[10] mSpy claimed that there was no data leak, but that instead, it was the victim of blackmailers.[citation needed]

In September 2018, Krebs claimed and demonstrated that anyone could easily gain access to the mSpy database containing data for millions of users.[11]

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  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. ^ Whittaker, Zack (2024-07-11). "Data breach exposes millions of mSpy spyware customers". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2024-07-11.
  4. ^ "Brainstack_". Brainstack_. Retrieved 2024-07-11.
  5. ^ Ong, Josh (November 28, 2013). "mSpy: A terrifying app for spying on another smartphone or tablet user." Thenextweb.com. Retrieved June 24, 2014.
  6. ^ "Another mSpy leak exposed millions of sensitive user records". SearchSecurity. Retrieved 2021-06-17.
  7. ^ Whittaker, Zack (2024-07-11). "Data breach exposes millions of mSpy spyware customers". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2024-07-11.
  8. ^ Josh Ong (2013-11-28). "mSpy: A Terrifying App for Spying on Another Smartphone User". Thenextweb.com. Retrieved 2015-11-08.
  9. ^ "Smartphones Are Used To Stalk, Control Domestic Abuse Victims : All Tech Considered". NPR. 2014-09-15. Retrieved 2015-11-08.
  10. ^ "Mobile Spyware Maker mSpy Hacked, Customer Data Leaked — Krebs on Security". Krebsonsecurity.com. 2015-05-14. Retrieved 2015-11-08.
  11. ^ "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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