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New York attorney general orders stalkerware maker to notify hacked victims
February 4, 2023

New York attorney general orders stalkerware maker to notify hacked victims

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A New York-based spyware maker has agreed to notify the individuals whose phones were compromised by its mobile surveillance software, following a deal with the New York attorney general’s office announced Thursday.

Under the agreement, Patrick Hinchy, whose 16 companies promoted apps like PhoneSpector and Highster, will also pay $410,000 in civil penalties for illegally promoting the mobile surveillance software that allowed its customers to spy on another person’s phone without their knowledge.

According to the New York attorney general’s office, the apps sold by Hinchy allowed his customers to secretly monitor a victim’s phone and access their device data, including text messages and emails, photos, browsing history and precise location data. These apps, which require physical access to someone’s phone, are known as stalkerware (or spouseware), as many are expressly advertised as a way of spying on a person’s spouse or partner. Others are sold under the guise of child monitoring software.

In a statement, New York attorney general Letitia James said that Hinchy used his consortium of companies for ‘aggressively promoting’ his stalkerware apps. James’ office also accused Hinchy’s companies of failing to disclose that customers would have to jailbreak — or root — a victim’s device before they could plant the stalkerware, a process that can weaken the security of a person’s device.

The agreement says that Hinchy must notify affected victims within 60 days that their device is being monitored. Hinchy must also make ‘accurate disclosures regarding endorsements, rooting and jailbreaking requirements, refund policies, and data security,’ per James’ office.

But the agreement falls short of outlawing the apps completely.

In 2020, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission banned Retina-X after it was hacked several times. A year later, the FTC also banned the stalkerware maker SpyFone and its parent company Support King from the surveillance industry. The FTC also instructed Support King to notify victims that their phones had been compromised.

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