Google’s ad ban won’t stop stalkerware apps from promoting themselves

Google has announced that from August 2020 it will be prohibiting ads for stalkerware products and services.

But a loophole means that the companies behind creepy stalkerware apps will still be able to advertise themselves.

How Facebook helps an abusive ex-partner find out your new identity, even after you’ve blocked them

Imagine you’re in an abusive relationship, and things have turned violent.

You leave him, block his Facebook account, and update the name on your profile to hide your identity.

Would you expect your ex-partner to be able to see what your new name is?

Smashing Security podcast #150: Liverpool WAGs, Facebook politics, and a selfie stalker

Footballers’ wives go to war over Instagram leaks, it turns out fake news is fine on Facebook (just so long as it’s in a political ad), and things take a horrific turn in Japan, as a stalker uses a scary technique to find out where his pop idol lives.

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by Dave Bittner.

Stalker zoomed in on Japanese idol’s eyes to find out where she lived

An obsessed fan assaulted J-Pop star Ena Matsuoka after determining where she lived by zooming in on selfies she had posted on social media, and examining the reflection in her eyes.

Smashing Security podcast #116: Stalking debtors, Facebook farce, and a cyber insurance snag

How would *you* track someone who owed you money? What was the colossal flaw Facebook left on its website for anyone to exploit and hijack accounts? And what excuse are insurance companies giving for not paying victims of the NotPetya malware millions of dollars?

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by Joe Carrigan of the Information Security Institute at Johns Hopkins University.

Twitter testing new feature that reveals when you’re online

Good news for stalkers! Bad news for privacy. Twitter is working on a feature which will reveal when a user is currently online.

Former policewoman who stalked married man is jailed for 11 months

A former policewoman will spend the next 11 months in prison for her decision to harass and stalk a married man online.

David Bisson reports.

HackerOne tells stalking spyware vendor FlexiSPY that its bug bounty program isn’t welcome

HackerOne has refused to host a bug bounty program for spyware seller FlexiSPY on the grounds that the organization is operating illegally and unethically.

David Bisson reports.

Electronic tracking a partner without consent is acceptable, say 46% of young people

A new survey claims that almost half of all young people believe that electronically tracking partners through their computers and smartphones, or by installing spyware, is acceptable.

Technology has moved at a fast pace, but it seems the teaching of ethics has failed to keep up.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.

How to stop a domestic abuser stalking you via your smartphone

The smartphone in your pocket – which may act as a valuable lifeline to friends and loved ones – might also be helping an abuser spy on you, read your private messages, and stalk your location.

StealthGenie – the app that lets jealous partners spy on you and your online conversations

There’s a shady industry out there of businesses that sell spyware apps that market themselves to jealous partners, domestic abusers and stalkers, keen to spy upon others.

Learn more on the Hot for Security blog.

Facial recognition app helps you internet stalk that girl you saw on the bus

If this is true, it’s creepy.

An upcoming app for smartphones and Google Glass claims to let you take a photo of a complete stranger, and then automatically scan millions of photos uploaded to social networking and dating profiles to see if it can find a match.

Inside the mind of an online predator

Do you know the warning signs of an online predator?

Take care that you and your friends and family don’t fall victim to an internet stalker.

Who is spying on you on the internet? Stalkers under the microscope [VIDEO]

Watch this video to find out how the internet can be used by stalkers, and how the risks have increased because of new technology.

How stalking has been made easier by the internet, mobiles and social networks

Technology is causing the level of stalking to increase, with sometimes horrific results.

Jennifer Perry describes the different types of stalkers, and how they use modern technology to spy upon their innocent victims.

Jilted woman ‘created fake Facebook account, so she could frame ex-boyfriend’s new lover’

Jilted woman set up false Facebook page to ‘stalk herself’, and frame former boyfriend’s new flame for the crime.