May 28, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm PDT

This event is now over. You can watch a recording on the Internet Archive, Facebook or YouTube.

Stalkerware is the class of apps that are sold commercially for the purpose of covertly spying on another person’s device. They can be blatantly marketed as tools for “catching a cheating spouse” or they may euphemistically describe themselves as tools for tracking your children or employees’ devices. The key defining feature of stalkerware is that it is designed to operate covertly, to trick the user into believing that they are not being monitored.

Join EFF's Director of Cybersecurity, Eva Galperin, and experts from the Freedom of the Press Foundation, Kaspersky, and Malwarebytes to learn more about what the fight against stalkerware has accomplished, and where we go from here.


Panelists: Harlo Holmes (Freedom of the Press Foundation); David Ruiz (Malwarebytes); Tara Hairston (Kaspersky)

This event will last one hour and include a fifteen minute Q&A at the end. Have questions? Send them to, or ask during the event! This event will be live captioned. You can view captions during the event here.

We want to thank Craig Newmark Philanthropies, which generously supports the work of EFF’s Threat Lab.  The Threat Lab’s goal is to protect journalists, sources, and others against targeted malware attacks.