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Ex-wife Of Former Cop Allegedly Used Mobile Spyware in ID Fraud Scheme

Credential-stealing malware; Cyber espionage; Insider attack; Unauthorized use of user privileges; Unauthorized use of employer’s data

Kristin Nyunt is accused of intercepting communications, including sensitive law enforcement messages, with surveillance software secretly installed on the cellphone of her then-husband, Cmdr. John Nyunt, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of California.

Evidence also shows that John Nyunt let his wife log on to a law enforcement database, which Kristin Nyunt used to find victims' Social Security numbers and other personal information.

Nyunt's case “was intricately entwined with her then-husband, who was convicted of both state and federal charges,” the Monterey Herald reports.

John Nyunt allegedly charged a crime victim, who was seeking police assistance, $10,000 for the services of a phony investigations company run by him and his wife.

“It was Kristin's spyware that recorded evidence that led to criminal threat charges against John Nyunt, prosecutor Steve Somers said. While investigating Kristin Nyunt's case, prosecutors discovered a secret recording she made in which her husband threatened to kill her and any police officers who tried to arrest him,” according to the Monterey Herald.

Last month, the Justice Department indicted Hammad Akbar of Pakistan for allegedly selling one kind of spyware Nyunt apparently used – StealthGenie.

Kristin Nyunt also is accused of owning Mobistealth and mSpy recording software.


Government (U.S.)


October 17, 2014

reported by

Monterey Herald

number affected


location of breach



U.S. Hackers

location of perpetrators

California, United States

date breach occurred

between 2010 and 2012

date breach detected