The Ho Chi Minh City police Thursday caught red-handed a technology company executive and two of his employees selling spyware to customers for secretly monitoring people’s cell phones.
Dinh Thai Hung, 31, the director of Viet Star Information Providing Company, was arrested along with La Hong Tai while selling the spyware, which includes a GPS tracker and a phone tapping software, to a man at a coffee shop in Tan Phu district.
The man, who came all the way from An Giang Province hundreds of kilometers away, agreed to pay VND 8million (US$ 360) for six months.
“I bought it to monitor my younger sister, who usually skipped classes, hanging out with bad friends,” news website VnExpress quoted him as saying.
Another employee, Dinh Ngoc Toan, 25, was arrested at around the same time at another coffee shop when he was installing the software for a woman for VND 6 million ($268) for six months.
The customer said she wanted to keep tabs on her husband since she suspected him of having an affair.
Later, on searching the Viet Star office, the police said they discovered more proof of illegal activities that seriously violated others’ privacy.
Authorities had earlier this year busted two companies for supplying services for tracking, tapping and secretly filming others.
In most cases, the software is secretly installed in the victim’s mobile phone to provide information about their daily activities and both kinds phone calls and text messages.
According to an officer, customers mostly use the software to track their spouse or children though there are also some who use it to spy on their business rivals.