Researchers at the Avast Security Company have revealed seven spying applications that allow individuals to track the victim’s site, collect their contacts, and view their call log and messages on Google Play Store.
According to the Independent, applications require that the sniffer has access to the device it wants to spy on.
After downloading the app from the Google Play store, the user is prompted to enter an email address and then send spyware.
“These spying applications are immoral and are a privacy problem and should not be in the Google Play store, because they encourage criminal behavior and can be abused by employers, stalkers or abusive partners to spy on their victims,” said Nikolaos Chrysaidos, security researcher at Avast.
Some of these spying applications are introduced as parental control applications, but their descriptions paint a different picture, telling users that the application allows them to monitor cheaters. Researchers told Google about these applications but have already downloaded and installed more than 130,000 times.