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The Hill: Senate Dem re-ups fight against mobile spyware

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) is resurrecting his fight to get mobile spying apps banned.

Franken’s call to action this time are reports that sensitive data collected by mSpy, the maker of popular mobile monitoring software, were posted on a dark Web forum.

Franken wrote the Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday, urging them to investigate mSpy, whose products he called “deeply troubling” and “nothing short of terrifying” when “in the hands of a stalker or abusive intimate partner.”
Security journalist and researcher Brian Krebs first reported he had discovered information on at least 400,000 of mSpy’s 2 million users on an underground online market, indicating a possible hack.

The data included incredibly private data, such as text messages, emails, photos, payment information and location data.

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