What is spyware and how does it affect organisations and individuals?

The dangers of surveillance software, or spyware, have been thrust into the spotlight after it was reported that a flaw in messaging app WhatsApp allowed hackers to install such software on phones, potentially affecting all of its 1.5 billion users worldwide. PHOTO: AFP
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SINGAPORE - What have you used your phone for recently? Sending a private message to a loved one, snapping a picture of your dinner or browsing online retailers for a new gadget?

Now imagine, if your phone has been infected with surveillance software, hackers can observe you doing all that and more - not just following your digital footprints but charting your every move and even predicting what you are going to do next.

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