Motherboard reports on the rise of "stalkerware," a type of malware commonly used by abusive partners to monitor a person's movements and record their communications. Stalkerware is normally a repackaged version of malware, such as FinFisher used by governments to spy on dissidents. It is installed on a victim's device either through a phishing attack or by the abusive party obtaining the device and manually installing it themselves. There is no data on whether the use of stalkerware has been involved in situations where an individual has been murdered by an abusive partner, but a previous Motherboard report estimates tens of thousands of people are currently using the malware.
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