Cybersecurity solutions firm Kaspersky unveiled a new hub dedicated to TinyCheck, a tool designed to detect stalkerware on mobile devices. The website will also help further consolidate the community of stakeholders engaged in the development of the tool and the fight against stalkerware and spyware.
TinyCheck was created in 2019, following a discussion between Kaspersky and a French women’s shelter. The organization was supporting an increasing number of stalkerware victims but was not sure how to address it from a technological point of view. They needed a solution that would be untraceable, easy to use, and that could help gather evidence.
TinyCheck was developed as a free, open-source tool, meaning anyone can download it and contribute to improving the software. It is not installed onto a smartphone but uses a separate external device instead: a Raspberry Pi microcomputer.
Can run on any OS
TinyCheck aims to facilitate the detection of stalkerware on a victim’s device in a simple, quick, and non-invasive way. It can run on any OS without alerting the perpetrator. TinyCheck is safe to use, doesn’t read the contents of a person’s communications (SMS, emails, and others), but only interacts with the online servers/IPs the smartphone communicates with. TinyCheck will not know who a person is speaking with, or what they are discussing. The network capture of an analyzed device is not shared anywhere: neither Kaspersky nor any other party will receive this data. All the analysis is done locally.
Over the years, more and more non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have been testing and implementing TinyCheck.
“I have been working with gender violence associations for many years and TinyCheck is what the victims and the general population need,” said Bruno Pérez Juncá, honorary member of the Stop Gender Violence Association, who shared his experience with TinyCheck. “TinyCheck is similar to an antigens test; a quick, economic and reliable test to perform an initial inspection that can identify a mobile infection.”
More recently, TinyCheck has also caught the attention of European Institutions, journalists, and businesses. Law enforcement agencies and judiciary bodies in Europe are currently testing it to better support victims in the process of a deposition or an investigation.
The TinyCheck hub is now live. Access to it will enable users to learn more about the tool and its applications.
For more information about TinyCheck, please visit: http://www.tiny-check.com
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