Spyware Allows You To Listen In On Cell Phone Calls

You pick up your phone, you make a call, and you probably think your conversation is private. Most of us take it for granted. Our cell phones are no longer as secure as we once thought.

Now, there’s a website that allows someone to download software to spy on cell phone conversations and messages. It downloads right into your cell phone and it allows someone to eavesdrop, see your text messages and read your e-mails. Every time that target phone receives a call or text, it alerts the phone of the spy.

“That would be creepy," says Jon Comiskey. The 14-year-old says he doesn’t think anyone should listen in on his phone conversations.

Autumn Nelson agrees, "Ridiculous, it's ridiculous."

“Overall, I think this is a very dangerous software capability. I think this is an invasion of privacy," says Jennifer. The software was downloaded on her fiancee's phone. She receives a text when he makes a call and is able to listen in. "I just can't believe that they have no clue that I'm now listening to this conversation."

One of the websites that sells the spyware says it's a way to catch a cheating spouse or keep tabs on children. “There's constant updates in phones because people are trying to hack into them and do certain things like that. Those updates in security are to get people covered and protected. All the major carriers are on top of that hopefully," says Dan Cory, a manager with Car Toys.

One way to protect your phone: don't let it out of your sight. The spyware can only be installed if it is physically downloaded onto the phone and it takes about 15 minutes to do so.

Colorado Springs police say they're looking into the legality of something like this.


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  • by Al Location: Falcon on Nov 23, 2009 at 10:08 AM
    It's about time this has been reported on. The ability to listen in on someones cell phone with simple software has been around for a long time. Of course, you need to know what phone you want to target and there are alternate ways of doing this without physically installing software on the target phone. This article is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to your privacy being compromised without you even knowing it. Did you know that if your phone is targeted by those who want to snoop, they can actually listen in on anything said in the vicinty of the phone as long as it's turned on. This was common in England where I just spent 4 years. Maybe KKTV should dig deeper then what this shallow article presents and report to the public how your cell phone & privacy can easily be compromised in multiple ways.
  • by AJ Location: COS on Nov 21, 2009 at 04:35 PM
    So when the NSA spys on you it's OK but this is so upsetting?
  • by Wayne on Nov 20, 2009 at 01:39 PM
    It used to be possible to listen to cell phones before they went digital, and it is illegal to intercept phone conversations and listen to them. This attack isn't too much of a threat as one must have physical access to the target phone. Anytime a potential bad actor has access to any of your devices, there is a risk.
  • by Mary Location: Colorado Springs on Nov 20, 2009 at 12:27 PM
    To Jamie and Jeff: I believe that the article is a script of what was spoken on the broadcast itself. Most of the articles on this site are usually scripts of the broadcast; therefore, grammar, punctuation, syntax, and sentence structure may not be written correctly. I do believe, though, that they should avoid printing the scripts and write the article properly to avoid losing credibility and avoid any confusion and/or misconceptions.
  • by Jamie Location: Colorado Spgs on Nov 20, 2009 at 09:55 AM
    Very poorly written article. How embarassing for KKTV, to have an article like this on their website. Aside from that....why would you publish this article at all? It seems that publicizing this website would do more harm than good, encouraging some people who may not have otherwise known about it to spy on other people.
  • by Sandra Location: C/S on Nov 20, 2009 at 09:52 AM
    Isn't that an invasion of privacy?
  • by Jeff Location: Colorado Springs on Nov 20, 2009 at 05:40 AM
    Interesting story, and no offense intended, but this is one of the most poorly written articles I have seen in a long time. Did the writer even take basic high school English?
  • by Privacy Location: COS on Nov 20, 2009 at 04:59 AM
    This should be illegal~ If someone is spending all there time obsessing about who another person is talking too, somethings not right. If someone cant trust another person to make a phone call, obviously there is a trust issue and that should tell them enough about the relationship.
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