What Does Snoopware Mean?

Snoopware is a term for specific types of malware that
monitor activity on smart devices. Snoopware may silently collect data on voice
or messaging, or manipulate controls or do other sorts of workbehind the scenes, for example, that could damage systems or change user settings.


Techopedia Explains Snoopware

The term snoopware is often applied to systems that
specifically target smartphones. In the days before smartphones, the word
spyware was often used to talk about malware that provided this kind of
monitoring of laptop or desktop environments. For example, modern snoopware may
monitor phone calls or text messages on a smartphone, or turn the camera or
microphone on or off, or otherwise manipulate the user’s smartphone.


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