- KidsGuard, an app for Android phones, reports activity on devices and is aimed at protecting children, however recently it malfunctioned and released a user's personal info on a public platform
- Developers of the app have meanwhile argued that it is to help parents monitor the activities of their kids online and not intended for malicious usage
- It has however been discovered that a misconfigured server facilitated the spilling of private information on the internet
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An app known as KidsGuard, which is present on thousands of Android phones, is able to monitor everything on the user’s phone, Briefly.co.za has learned.
The information available shows that the app is designed to access all forms of information on the device such as real-time location, text messages, browser history, photos, videos and app activities and recordings of phone calls.
The situation backfired larecently tely due to a misconfigured server, resulting in a spill of all information gathered from a victim’s phone on the internet.
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KidsGuard falls into a category of apps described as consumer-grade spyware apps or stalkerware, and have been thoroughly scrutinised in recent times.
A techcrunch report shows that such apps are often marketed as tools to help parents monitor the activities of children, but also helps spouses spy on each other.
This has compelled privacy groups and security firms to team up to better identify stalkerware as the security lapse reveals how intrusive the app can be.
An experiment with one of such phones showed that the app was sharing the content of the device to an Alibaba cloud storage bucket.
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