ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

There is a Stalker in the Internet

Updated on May 23, 2013
A typical Stalker snapshot of a smartphone using a wireless connection over a mile away.
A typical Stalker snapshot of a smartphone using a wireless connection over a mile away.
You can see everything the owner did.
You can see everything the owner did.

Used by governmental agencies, police, CIA, FBI, National Security Agency (NSA) and available to foreign companies, Stalker is Immunity's sinister application. What this can do is scary since it works invisibly from remote wireless locations and targets you Internet treadmarks. It scours deep to find anything you might want to hide. Hackers are all over incognito. They are from Russia, Iran, China and many are often associated with nefarious criminal organizations that pilfer your bank and credit accounts once the password and login are found. Many people now use their smartphone for all transactions because it is a mobile computer and available wherever they go. You could be at Starbucks sipping a latte while checking out your bank account , you might check your paypal account, you might have sensitive documents on your phone. All can now be easily found and accessed by application and worse, you might not even know it is happening.

Here is a list of data that can be collected with STALKER.

  • Name(s)
  • Email addresses
  • Phone numbers
  • Billing/Home address
  • Passwords
  • Emails
  • User names/Screen names
  • User-Agent strings
  • Wireless networking probes (Beacons/SSIDs)
  • DNS requests
  • Host names
  • Weblinks
  • Search queries
  • Photos, video
  • Financial Accounts

Verizon recently published its annual report about data theft upon its own infrastructure. Nearly all intrusions came from outside the company and 52% were from hacking, 40% from malware, 29% from social tactics like phishing. Of the attacks upon Verizon, 70% were easy using basic hacking methods. The time for IT to find the breach of data in most cases(62%) took month, finding the breach within a week or day averaged 12%. As you can see, data loss can occur a long time before being discovered. Once discovered, the time to seal and stop the loss took days (41%), weeks (14%), months (22%), hours (18%).

The Stalker program target's any device and discloses where the target lives, works and plays to everywhere within wireless range. It keeps track of all the data and even plots the target's access wireless points on a map. If you target is downloading/uploading files and will put them back together. With the program, if it can see your device, you'll have whatever data is on it. View web pages visited, view their documents, listen to their music and to their VoIP phone calls. Just having the target's userid could provide a person's name, their email address, and phone number, then, a phone number provides their home address.

Is this scary or what?

In China, cyberspying is now a lucrative career that is now being exported to countries where it could benefit Chinese government or their criminals. The Chinese cyber technology can find anyone who creates a false rumor or fact on the web that is against its government. Once located, they arrest the individual by locating his physical location. Hacking is taught in China's universities in computer science and openly discussed and the government sponsors hacking competitions.

There is no doubt that Immunity may have sold Stalker to them already enabling them to steal login credentials from browsers that store passwords. This is done by injecting hidden forms into a user’s browsing session that mimic the forms used to log in to corporate email accounts and websites. Since the fields are invisible, the user has giving indication anything is being stolen. Stalker could be used by the NSA to steal secrets from Iran or China and the Obama administration has already declared a cyberwar on both. Of course, the program could eventually get into Iranian hands via the Chinese or others. One such Chinese group, Mandiant, is within the Chinese army's Unit 61398 whose sole job is to hack and conduct espionage against foreign governments and corporations to steal data. They are located in a non-descript building in Shanghai. There is also a special Chinese army university for cyber warfare in Zhengzhou. The Russians are also heavily involved and could obtain Stalker to increase capabilities.In China, hacking has become part of their corporate world to stay ahead of competitors.

All this information located on your smartphone is now accessible to the Stalker program for viewing in an organized manner. It can target computers as well. The good news is that the program is VERY costly and comes packaged with another Immunity application. Because the application is so invasive and nothing can hide from it, sales are only made to secured and trusted governmental agencies.

Experts indicate to keep as little as possible on your smartphone and do not use them for banking transactions using wireless connections. While the government have legitimate reasons to use Stalker, hackers never do.


Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)