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HTC One, iPhone 5S, Nexus 5, Samsung Galaxy S4 now available with built-in spyware

By April Taylor , Mar 14, 2014 10:12 AM EDT

A company called mSpy has decided to take creepiness to the next level and sell smartphones with built-in spyware to keep track of your target's every move.

The company advertises its product as undetectable and boasts that you can stay on top of everything your "target" does.

"mSpy is a powerful mobile monitoring software solution that allows you to track every tiny detail of the target cell phone's activities," proudly explains the company. "This application is easy to use and boasts a wide range of features that make it the best cell phone tracker on the market."

Shortly put, the mSpy software allows someone to track everything another person does on their phone, from chats to SMS conversations to location and so on. In other words, it can be a stalker's dream and it will allow jealous spouses to track their significant other with little to no effort.

The company is already selling a number of smartphones with this built-in spyware, including high-end devices such as the HTC One, the Nexus 5, the Samsung Galaxy S4, or the iPhone 5S.

The Samsung Galaxy S4, for instance, costs $300, while the subscription for the pre-loaded spyware costs an extra $199 per year, according to Forbes.

"I tried a test version of the iPhone. Although it took some time for some of the data to arrive to the website, it had uncannily accurate location data, and I was able to pinpoint my movements to exact buildings on a university campus," Forbes reports.

The publication further notes that mSpy founder Andrei Shimanovich is well aware that this software could be used illegally, but said he was not responsible for how consumers choose to use it.

"It is the same question with the gun producer," Shimanovich told Forbes. "If you go out and buy a gun and shoot someone, no one will go after the gun producer. People who shoot someone will be responsible for this. Same thing for mSpy. We just provide the services which can solve certain tasks regarding parents and teenagers."

In a small disclaimer on the "Buy Now" page on mSpy's website, the company notes that users are required to notify owners of the target device that they are being monitored. With that, mSpy washed its hands of any potential issues that may follow, because spying on someone is completely normal, beneficial, and not creepy at all.

Considering that this great stalker option is now available, if your overly-jealous significant other or your tyrant boss has decided to give you a brand new HTC One, iPhone 5S, Nexus 5, or Samsung Galaxy S4 as a gift out of the blue, you may want to think twice before sharing too much information with the device.

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