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Stalkerware on the Rise Globally

Stalkware is being installed on more and more victims' devices, and the trend is only accelerating, according to a new report.

When spouses, colleagues, domestic partners, and random strangers install software to spy on a victim, the "stalkerware" can be a disturbing tool of abuse. And it's a tool that's part of a problem that is growing in size and scope.

A new report, "The State of Stalkerware in 2019," from Kaspersky Lab, shows that from January to August 2019 there were more than 518,223 cases globally when the company's technologies either registered the presence of stalkerware on users' devices or detected an attempt to install it. That represents a 373% increase from the same period in 2018.

The report draws a distinction between stalkerware, which can report location, message contents, and call destinations; and spyware, which can deliver full screenshot and keystroke information to the installer. In both cases, the software can do its work without detection. Fortunately, neither stalkerware or spyware is readily available from a legitimate app store: The threat actor must download the software from an app-specific location and then gain access to the victim's device to side-load the monitoring app.

According to Kaspersky, the Russian Federation is the nation where stalkerware is installed most often, with India, Brazil, the US, and Germany rounding out the top five.

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10/2/2019 | 5:36:58 PM
Studies from Kaspersky
This is the second darkreading post I've looked at today that cited a study from Kaspersky.  You can call me jaded... but I've moved on (read:  my company has moved on) from trusting Kaspersky as a trusted vendor, and I think I mistrust their studies for the same reasons.  It cost us a fair bit of time, trouble, and a remaining subscription year to make the change to another vendor, but we needed to do it.  I'm curious if others feel the same twinge when they see articles that cite Kaspersky as an authority on what's happening in the wide world?
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