Avast reported that cybercriminals used Aarogya Setu app to hide a stalkerware inside it. The stalkerware gets downloaded along with the Aarogya Setu app, taking the users’ approval. The firm reported that spying, stalking apps have grown by 20% in India and 51% globally, since the lockdown. Also, a number of apps were developed with the intention to spy on users. These apps use the smartphone’s Accessibility Service feature to gain phone features’ access and spy.
As per Google’s updated ads policies, ads that promote spyware, stalkerware etc will be banned from advertising, starting 11 August 2020. Examples of the products refrained from advertising include – spyware, tech used to monitor intimate partners, GPS trackers marketed to spy someone without consent, surveillance equipment with spying intent. However, child activity trackers are excluded. If violated, a 7-day warning prior to account suspension will be issued.