Feds Indict StealthGenie Exec for Selling Spy App

U.S. authorities have arrested and charged a Pakistani man for allegedly marketing and selling a mobile app designed for stalking. Hammad Akbar, CEO of a company called InvoCode Ltd., was named as "a leader of the criminal conspiracy responsible for StealthGenie," according to the indictment.

InvoCode's StealthGenie app was described on the StealthGenie Web site as "the most powerful cell phone spy and tracking software that lets you monitor all the activities of any iPhone, Blackberry or Android phone." Although the site has been taken down by the order of federal authorities, a cached version stated the "state-of-the-art application works in stealth mode which means that it will never be found on the monitored phone."

The app let users record all incoming and outgoing voice calls on another personEUs device, intercept calls for live monitoring, record off-phone conversations taking place within 15 feet of a device and monitor e-mails, text messages and voicemail messages, according to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) complaint against Akbar filed last Friday in a U.S. district court in Virginia.

Designed for 'Stalkers and Domestic Abusers'

"Apps like StealthGenie are expressly designed for use by stalkers and domestic abusers who want to know every detail of a victim's personal life -- all without the victim's knowledge," said Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell of the DOJ's criminal division. The indictment stated that the companyEUs business plan indicated that it expected about 65 percent of the market to be people trying to spy on cheating spouses.

Akbar was arrested in Los Angeles on Saturday and was set to appear before a magistrate judge in the Central District Court of California on Monday, according to the DOJ. He remains in the custody of the US Marshals Service pending a detention hearing scheduled for Thursday.

On Friday, a federal judge in the Eastern District...

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