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Inside The Stalkerware Surveillance Market

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This story is part of When Spies Come Home, a Motherboard series aboutpowerful surveillance software ordinary people use to spy on their loved ones.

John* tapped out a simple text message to his wife in January 2016. "I love you," it read.

But this wasn't the only message she saw. Unbeknownst to John, his wife had bugged his smart phone. She was spying on John, eavesdropping on all of his texts and multimedia messages, and tracking his every move through the device's GPS.

She was also stealing all of John's photos. In one slightly blurred picture, John, a police officer in a small town in the southwestern United States, is knelt over a suspect, who is face down on the curb. In another photograph, John is taking a selfie wearing a dress shirt and a black tie. A third pictureshows an email exchange with Facebook's law enforcement help team, revealing that John was requesting data on a target of an investigation.

These messages and pictures, including some of the...(continued)

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