Computers. software that is installed surreptitiously and gathers information about an internet user's browsing habits, intercepts the user's personal data, etc., transmitting this information to a third party: a parent's use of spyware to monitor a child's online activities.
tools that are used to conduct espionage: sophisticated spyware that rivals that of the CIA.
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How to use spyware in a sentence
In June, the antivirus company Malwarebytes found that there was a 780% increase in the detection of monitoring apps and a 1677% increase in the detection of spyware since January.How Domestic Abusers Have Exploited Technology During the Pandemic | Mélissa Godin | December 31, 2020 | Time
WhatsApp accused the spyware maker of using a since-closed vulnerability in the messaging service to install spyware on the phones of at least 1,400 users.Google, Microsoft look to team up with Facebook for legal fight against Israeli company | kdunn6 | December 22, 2020 | Fortune
It’s widely agreed, even within the spyware industry itself, that reform makes sense—but this regulation is only the beginning.Europe is adopting stricter rules on surveillance tech | Patrick Howell ONeill | November 9, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
A recent draft US intelligence bill would require a government report on commercial spyware and surveillance technology.
Hulio says that often NSO is accused of work that other spyware companies are responsible for.The man who built a spyware empire says it’s time to come out of the shadows | Bobbie Johnson | August 19, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
But a bit of spyware injected into the activist movement may have been sent to do the trick.
They found that all the information captured by the spyware was sent to a remote server in Korea.
What they found was a piece of spyware siphoning data and creating audio files of voice calls.
At first, Stuxnet was thought to be spyware; its goal, industrial espionage.
A new poll reveals that 88 percent of Chinese internet users do not want the new spyware in their computers.
Who voted to put the cameras in our classrooms and follow us around with creepy spyware chips in our transit passes and cars?Little Brother | Cory Doctorow
British Dictionary definitions for spyware
computing software installed via the internet on a computer without the user's knowledge and used to send information about the user to another computer
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