This story is part of When Spies Come Home, a Motherboard series about powerful surveillance software ordinary people use to spy on their loved ones.
As Motherboard has found with multiple sets of hacked data, there is a booming industry for so-called stalkerware; malicious software installed on mobile phones for abusive partners to track their wives, husbands, or ex-spouses. Sometimes, the companies behind this software explicitly market their products for illicit use, such as monitoring someone without their consent, and even use imagery of domestic violence on their websites.
But this industry doesn’t exist in a
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