Hacker attacks a spyware company for the second time in a year

For a second time in a row, a vigilante hacker targeted the servers of a company that sells spyware to everyday consumers and wiped their entire servers. This vigilante targeted cloud servers that are owned by Retina-X Studios, an American company that sells spyware products.

Retina-X is not the only one affected by this type of events another one, FlexiSpy, was hit and breached last year. The vigilante hacker is apparently against such stalkerware software, which allows people to have practically full access to the smartphones or computers of their targets. Meaning there is no privacy for anyone: every picture, message, website or location it is not private anymore.

The officials of the Retina-X company first stated that there is no such breach in their servers, but the vigilante proves it otherwise by describing in detail multiple photos and messages that some users were having in their PhoneSheriff spyware accounts. He deleted those data stating: None of this should be online at all, claiming that he had removed a total of 1 terabyte of data.
He did not disclose how he managed to breach Retina-X this time, but we could tell you that in his first hit last year he managed to find on Retina-X cloud provider Rackspace the key and credentials to those containers inside the Android app of PhoneSheriff.

At that point last year he stated that API key and the credentials were stored in plaintext. After this Retina-X Studios said that is committed to protecting the privacy of its users, unfortunately, as we are well aware, the perpetrators of these egregious actions against consumers and private companies are often never identified and brought to justice

The vigilante hacker is using a Mastodon account called “Precise Buffalo” to share the data stoled from Retina-X Studios. After analyzing this data, we discovered that tens of thousands of people: teachers, construction workers, lawyers parents and jealous lovers, use stalkerware apps. Many of them spy on their partners without their consent, something that is illegal in the United States.

This kind of situation put a question mark on every company that offers such software that is used for illegal purposes by their buyers.
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