There is one more reason to be glad you reside in the United States – cell phone spyware is illegal here. With the release of the Apple iPhone5 in Australia, cries can be heard about the “potential tsunami of privacy breaches” according to an article at news.com.au.
The article quotes senior lecturer of Internet law at QUT Peter Black who says that “It is not uncommon for the law to lag behind technology in the sense that technology evolves very rapidly.”
While that is somewhat obvious because of the nature of technology and the nature of legislation, here at International Investigators, we know that the proliferation of cell phone spying is growing and become much more common. Some think it is a good way to catch a cheating spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend is with a cell phone spy. That is accomplished with cell phone spyware that is usually acquired over the Internet from a foreign retailer and they don’t often readily indicate cell phone spying is illegal in the United States.
Most commonly it is someone who is concerned or confused about others knowing details of private conversations who contacts us asking about mobile device forensics. Using sophisticated cell phone forensic tools and techniques, we are one of only a few labs in the nation that is able to apply phone forensic software and undertake complete forensic mobile services.
Cell phone spyware detection or cell phone hack detection can sometimes result in identification of the person who installed the cell phone monitoring software. It’s usually put on the phone inadvertently by the owner by opening an email, file or even a photograph on the mobile device. After that, the bad guy has his own cell phone eavesdropping device without the owner even realizing it.
If your phone is indeed a mobile spy, that doesn’t mean you have to throw it away and get a new phone. Through our mobile phone forensic analysis the spyware code can be identified and removed, making the phone safe once again.
It’s best to be cautious with your cell phone. Don’t leave it where anyone can pick it up and handle it. Also, lock it so no one can access it except you. That won’t keep you 100% safe from cell phone spying. However, know that forensic mobile services are available if you need them.
-T. Wilcox, CEO, International Investigators