California woman charged with using spyware to tap a police officer's phone Investigators say Kristin Nyunt intercepted sensitive law enforcement information.
by Megan Geuss Oct 20 2014 Ars Technica
On Friday, a Monterey County woman was charged with wiretapping a police officer and possessing "illegal interception devices," according to the Northern California District Attorney's office. The District Attorney said that Kristin Nyunt, age 40, allegedly intercepted communications made by a police officer on his mobile phone.
Nyunt is the ex-wife of former Pacific Grove Police Commander John Nyunt, and she has already been sentenced to eight years and four months in prison after pleading guilty in July to five counts of identity theft, two counts of computer network fraud, one count of residential burglary, and two counts of forgery.
In the latest charges [PDF], the District Attorney accused Nyunt of using illegal spyware including MobiStealth, StealthGenie, and mSpy to intercept "sensitive law enforcement communication" in real time. Nyunt allegedly placed the spyware on a police officer's phone surreptitiously, although court documents do not detail how or why.