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Mobile Spy review

Mobile Spy runs surreptitiously in the background on the installed device and offers you several monitoring tools you can access through an online interface. You can view Web activity, apps installed, communication logs, and more. While the app essentially works, some of its key features are limited to iOS devices or to BlackBerry, while others require you to buy additional add-ons which we felt are way too expensive.

Pros

Works as advertised: Mobile Spy isn't a scam or malware like many other similar apps. It provides location information, Web site history, address book data, and more, so that you … Read more

NSA top lawyer says tech giants knew about data collection

The top lawyer for the National Security Agency and others from the Obama administration made it clear to the US government's independent oversight board that tech titans knew about government surveillance while it was going on.

NSA general counsel Rajesh De told the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board on Wednesday that tech titans were aware that the NSA was collecting communications and related metadata both for the NSA's "PRISM" program and for "upstream" communications crossing the Internet. PRISM is a surveillance program designed to collect and process "foreign intelligence" that passes … Read more

Boeing's 'Black' smartphone will deactivate if tampered with

Boeing has made a smartphone that appears to have come straight out of a James Bond movie. Codenamed "Black," this spy-like phone will erase all data and deactivate if tampered with or pried open.

The aerospace and defense company filed documents for the phone with the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday. These documents were first sighted by tech site Myce, and Boeing confirmed with CNET that it has indeed released the device, which runs on Google's Android.

While many of the details about the smartphone are confidential, a letter included in the filing gives a bit of … Read more

'The Day We Fight Back' calls for protests against NSA spying

Those of you angered over reports of NSA spying are being urged to add your voices to those of a group of 5,300 companies and Web sites staging a worldwide protest.

Dubbing February 11 "The Day We Fight Back," organizations such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the American Civil Liberties Union, Free Press, Mozilla, Reddit, and Tumblr want Internet users to call or e-mail their legislators to pressure them to end the National Security Agency's mass surveillance program. The groups also are asking Web site owners to set up banners on their pages to urge visitors … Read more

SpyEye malware inventor pleads guilty to bank fraud

The alleged architect of the bank-hacking malware SpyEye, which is said to have infected 1.4 million computers, has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire and bank fraud. The US Department of Justice announced Tuesday that Russian national Aleksandr Andreevich Panin was the primary developer and distributor of SpyEye.

"As several recent and widely reported data breaches have shown, cyber-attacks pose a critical threat to our nation's economic security," US Attorney of the Northern District of Georgia Sally Quillian Yates said in a statement. "Today's plea is a great leap forward in our campaign … Read more

Google Glass adds prescription lenses, frames

CNET Update is wary of leaky apps:

In this episode of Update:

- Check out the new frames available for those that want to use prescription lenses with Google Glass. However, it's not available for those needing prescription lenses beyond +4 or -4. (I wear contacts with a -6 prescription. So that excludes me and many of my other bespectacled friends.)

- Get the latest report on the NSA, revealing how it collects personal user information from popular smartphone apps. (But one app maker denies it shares data with spy agencies.)

- Learn the new tricks on Twitter's Android app. (… Read more

5 questions for Snowden that aren't exactly about the NSA

The world's most famous former intelligence contractor, Edward Snowden, is scheduled to answer questions posted on Twitter in an hour-long Webcast on Thursday.

The session is set to begin at 12 p.m. PT on the site FreeSnowden.is, and the National Security Agency whistleblower is almost certain to address questions about what he's helped reveal so far and about President Obama's speech on the issue last week.

You can pose questions on Twitter via the #AskSnowden hashtag. I, for one, certainly have questions.

Snowden has become a worldwide celebrity -- a hero to some and a traitor to others -- in less than a year. That's got to really screw with your daily routine. So here are five questions I'd like answered by Snowden that are about the man himself and what it's been like to be Edward Snowden for the past year:… Read more

Review: TheTruthSpy is an absurdly powerful spying app

TheTruthSpy is one of the most advanced spying apps available for Android, but it's also one of the most frustrating to set up. It took us so many attempts just to register that we almost gave up on the app entirely. It's a good thing the app was worth the frustration once we got to its good parts.

This app monitors all of the activity on an Android phone or tablet from another phone or Web interface. In addition to seeing all of the calls, texts, and photos like you would on most spying apps, this one can … Read more

Review: Spy Phone App easily and secretly monitors an Android phone

Spy Phone App lets you see every picture, text, call, and message an Android phone sends. It has a handy online interface for the controller and impressively hides from any and all prying eyes. There are few spying apps that are as useful and as powerful as this app.

Once you have this app on a phone, you can see just about everything the phone does from a handy online interface. You can see the phone's calls, texts, photos, and even the details from inside of a few messaging apps. Every log is easy to find and even comes … Read more