Monday, March 9, 2009

Taiwan busts mobile phone spy software

Authorities in Taipei raided a shop accused of selling mobile phone spying software on Friday, warning that many cellphones are vulnerable to surreptitious eavesdropping and monitoring of text messages.

Taiwan's National Communications Commission (NCC), Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) and other law enforcement personnel searched the company based on information received from the local district prosecutors office. They discovered and seized illegal software and mobile phone SIM cards and took into custody a man surnamed Koo on charges of breaking the Communications Act and violating privacy.

Mobile phones that use the Symbian 60 operating system can be infected by the spyware, which is delivered to unsuspecting victims by sending an unsolicited SMS text message.


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