Cops Receive Stalkerware Training

Cops Receive Stalkerware Training

Members of the Coalition Against Stalkerware are helping law enforcement agencies to investigate cases involving digital stalking.

The Coalition was created in 2019 by ten founding partners: Avira, Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), European Network for the Work with Perpetrators of Domestic Violence (WWP EN), G DATA Cyber Defense, Kaspersky, Malwarebytes, the United States–based National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), NortonLifeLock, Operation Safe Escape, and WEISSER RING.

Earlier this week, Coalition members NNEDV and Kaspersky joined forces with INTERPOL and Australia's national umbrella organization for domestic violence services, Wesnet, to arrange two online training sessions addressing issues of digital stalking and domestic violence. 

Kaspersky said that the goal of the online training, which involved more than 210 participants, was "to enhance capacity building within law enforcement agencies, support victims requesting assistance, and hold perpetrators to account."

According to Kaspersky’s State of Stalkerware 2020 report, 53,870 mobile users worldwide were affected by stalkerware in 2020. The commercially available software invades victims' privacy by providing personal data such as device location, browser history, text messages, social media chats, photos and more to their stalker. 

Wesnet chief executive officer Karen Bentley said cyber-stalking was among the most common forms of abuse

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