In another case, a Glendale California man was sentenced to five years in federal prison Monday after pleading guilty in a sextortion case that targeted hundreds of women.
Interpol announced the arrest of 58 persons in the Philippines for sextortion, including one case where a 17-year-old victim committed suicide in July last year following blackmailing by the group.
All this happens without any awareness by the phone user -- the screen can either be turned off or on, it does not matter.
This sort of special intelligence cooperation is a regular occurrence under the "Five Eyes" program. Obviously, when used correctly and legally, this is an important counter-terrorism tool. government still has, new legislation notwithstanding, is how to assure the proper handling of extremely personal information that is completely unrelated to any counter terrorism or criminal activity.
On top of this, his solution has gone around Android's notification that an APP is running, so you cannot even check to see if this brilliant piece of software "mal-engineering" is running.
Camera spying is so widespread that it's happening in schools.
Between 20, GCHQ, Britain's NSA, ran a program called Optic Nerve that scanned live webcam chats on Yahoo (and probably other chat services).
Many of the images obtained were very personal ones and could be used to either embarrass or blackmail users.