31-year-old Hammad Akbar, has been arrested in Los Angeles, accused of being the man behind the "stalker" app StealthGenie.
The FBI also shut down the service and removed the app from the app store.
The application was presented as a method to keep track of where others found themselves at any time, based on hidden geolocation, without their knowledge.
Besides employers and parents StealthGenie was also marketed as a tool to keep track of a spouse or boyfriend.
Apparently the spy software worked in a way that made it impossible for those who were subjected to surveillance to detect it.
StealthGenie users could set up a radius which it was "allowed" for the victim to move within, and receive alerts if they moved into "forbidden" areas.
Furthermore, it would be possible to check who those monitored had contact with by phone during the day.
- Selling spyware is criminal. For example apps like StealthGenie which is specifically designed for use by "stalkers" and violent partners who want to know every detail of the victim's privacy, without the victim gets to know about it, Attorney General Leslie Caldwell, says in a statement.
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