In Romania, eavesdropping via smartphone has been taken to a new level. Fifty people were accused of using smartphone software to listen in on conversations.
The software, obtained from an IT cell phone communication specialist, allowed the accused to monitor the communication interactions of business competitors and spouses according to news sources.
Dan Nicolae Opoiu is the 30-year-old IT specialist who reportedly sold the spyware for the following operating system’s: Blackberry, Symbian, iPhone, and Windows Mobile. The Romanian Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism arrested Oproiu for selling the spyware over the Internet.
Softpedia reports that purchasers included businessmen, doctors, and engineers, a judge, a government official, a police officer and a former member of Parliament. Detective agencies and private investigators also reportedly used the spyware illegally.
It seems that Opriou was reselling an already available spyware package known as FlexiSpy, a package that’s been sold to people who want to catch cheaters–both at home and at work. There are three versions available, ranging in price from $150 to $350 depending on the features, was being sold for upwards of $500. The high-end version allows a “spy” to monitor phone calls, read text messages, retrieve call logs, read emails, and even activate the cell phone’s microphone to listen-in on conversations where the cell phone is present.
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