Cyber security companies and organizations against domestic violence have joined forces on Tuesday to combat stable software. Stalkerware is software with which someone, for example a partner, can be monitored via the smartphone.
The espionage software is installed on a telephone without the victim noticing. The user then has access to the victim's location and messages that arrive. Moreover, he can watch with photos that are made.
Cyber security organization Kaspersky detected the espionage software in 2018 on more than 58,000 unique devices. In addition, the company discovered 380 new variants of stable software, three times as many as in 2017.
Because the software is also used by (former) partners, the cyber security companies work together with aid organizations in the fight against domestic violence. Under the name Coalition Against Stalkerware, they want to help victims of this software and create awareness.
The coalition consists of, among others, Kaspersky, Malwarebytes, Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and European Network for the Work with Perpetrators of Domestic Violence (WWP EN).