‘White Hat’ Hackers Shut Down Spyware Snooping on 76,000 People

Sep 5, 2023 | Political News

In a significant cybersecurity incident, WebDetetive, a Portuguese-language spyware notorious for compromising Android devices, has itself been hacked, leading to the alleged deletion of victim devices from its network.

TechCrunch reports that WebDetetive, a spyware application that has infiltrated over 76,000 Android phones predominantly in Brazil and South America, recently fell victim to a cyberattack. Unnamed hackers claimed to have exploited multiple security vulnerabilities in WebDetetive’s servers, gaining access to its user databases. The hackers were able to access every dashboard record, including customer email addresses, by exploiting flaws in the spyware maker’s web dashboard used by abusers to steal phone data.