In a rundown and noisy Berlin bar, a friend and I were having a private conversation. But nearly 4,000 miles away, someone was listening from their New York apartment.With a single SMS message, this spy had remotely activated the microphone in my smartphone, turning it into a portable and surreptitious eavesdropping device. It wasn't some top-secret government program, or an expensive piece of surveillance gear that made this possible. It's something anyone can do for as little as $170, or sometimes less.
"Many spouses cheat. They all use cell phones. Their cell phone will tell you what they won't," reads the website of FlexiSpy, another company selling spyware.Cindy Southworth, executive vice president of the National Network to End Domestic Violence, pointed to several examples, including one from a website called HelloSpy."It showed a woman thrown off a bed as part of their advertising for their spouse-tracking," Southworth told Motherboard in a phone call. Another image on the HelloSpy website, online at the time of writing, includes a woman, with her face cut and bruised."It's repulsive, it's misogynistic, it's gross," Southworth added.
"Many spouses cheat. They all use cell phones. Their cell phone will tell you what they won't."