Originally Posted by NJBlackBerry
I am not making light of their concerns.
This should be taken to the authorities. Even if paranoia is involved.
Have you seen Flexispy in action? Has anyone here?
"FlexiSPY must be consciously installed on the device by a user who has physical possession of that device."
In which case, following the earlier instructions to wipe out the BB and just reload the OS, will remove any threat. Right?
I have not seen FleixSpy in action, but it is documented in the YouTube video link I posted above. IF there was a trial version, which there doesn't seem to be, I would install it on my BB to see how it works. It has been tested by some security software companies and can be removed on some mobile phones by mobile anti-virus software (not BlackBerrys). There is a description and screenshots of FlexiSpy (Symbian version) here: F-Secure Malware Information Pages: Flexispy.A
JSanders, the FlexiSpy website claims to have a version for BlackBerry. I posted the link above. This Symantec write up says it works on BlackBerrys. Spyware.FlexiSpy - Symantec.com
This page gives the names of the .cod file on the BB. Spyware.FlexiSpy - Symantec.com
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The program arrives as the following Java application:
Yes, the person would have to have the phone in their possession to install something like FlexiSpy. And yes, wiping and reloading the OS would remove the threat. I agree reporting to the authorities is the right thing to do, but there can be complications to a situation.
Since I'm on my soapbox, I'll take it a little further. In cases of domestic abuse (which this may or may not be), there can be serious consequences to the victim if the abuser finds out that they are planning a getaway or tampering with technology used to track them. Using a keylogger/surveillance app on a PC as an example -- if an abuser finds out the victim has removed the keylogger, they may become more violent with the victim. If the abuser finds out they are making plans to leave or getting help, it can trigger more violence -- beating, that kind of thing. I was on a panel at a workshop where an expert on domestic abuse spoke about these things, especially related to electornic monitoring. It was quite an eye opener. There may be reasons not to remove the spy software or keylogger until the victim has a safe place to go. There is some basic information about this here: Internet and Computer Safety