The indictment reads:
“He is a leader of the criminal conspiracy responsible for StealthGenie….StealthGenie is an app designed to run on a variety of mobile smartphone platforms, including Google Inc.’s Android platform. Blackberry Limited’s Blackberry platform, and Apple Inc.’s iPhone platform. It surreptitiously intercepts a variety of both outgoing and incoming wire and electronic transmissions to and from the smartphone on which it is installed.
Hammad Akbar, a 31-year-old who is the CEO of a company called InvoCode, faces charges of “conspiracy, sale of a surreptitious interception device, advertisement of a known interception device, and advertising a device as a surreptitious interception device,” according to a report from Ars Technica.
The app can monitors calls, texts, videos, and other communications on mobile phones “without detection,” federal prosecutors said. “Selling spyware is not just reprehensible — it’s a crime,” U.S. Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell said in a statement. “Apps like StealthGenie are expressly designed for use by stalkers and domestic abusers who want to know every detail of a victim’s personal life—all without the victim’s knowledge.”
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