In our fifth episode, Avast CISO Jaya Baloo talks with cybersecurity expert Eva Galperin on the dangers of stalkerware
It’s no coincidence that when our pandemic-stricken world went into lockdown mode in 2020, incidents of abuse via stalkerware spiked, especially in situations where the victimizer did not live with the victim. Then, as the lockdown began to be lifted in early 2021, stalkerware abuse spiked yet again. Abusers have learned over the past couple of years that certain apps facilitate or outright promote spying capabilities without the need for malware. The subterfuge hangs simply on a shared or compromised account, which makes it all the more sinister. And much like Covid-19, stalkerware is a worldwide problem.
The good news is that some very capable people are on the case, working to identify and eradicate stalkerware around the globe. Leading the charge is the brilliant Eva Galperin, key figure in launching the Coalition Against Stalkerware, a group of cybersecurity experts (including Avast) dedicated to educating the public and providing resources for victims and survivors. Eva is our very special guest in Episode 5 of Avast Hacker Archives (AHA), the podcast series spotlighting hackers who have shaped and continue to shape the digital world.
Eva is currently Director of Cybersecurity at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Tech Advisor at Freedom of the Press Foundation. She’s on the front lines of the fight agains ..