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How to Tell if Your Phone Has Been Hacked

by on May 28, 2020
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How to Tell if Your Phone Has Been Hacked

From email to banking, our smartphones are the main hub of our online lives. No wonder that smartphones rival computers as common targets for online hackers. And despite the efforts of Google and Apple, mobile malware continues to land in official app stores – and these malicious apps are getting sneakier. According to the McAfee 2020 Mobile Threat Report, over half of mobile malware apps “hide” on a device, without a homescreen icon, hijacking the device to serve unwanted ads, post bogus reviews, or steal information that can be sold or used to hold victims to ransom.

And while iPhones can be hacked, more malware targets Android devices. In its 2020 State of Malware Report, MalwareBytes reported a rise in aggressive adware and preinstalled malware on Android devices designed to steal data – or simply victims’ attention.

Malware can also include spyware that monitors a device’s content, programs that harness a device’s internet bandwidth for use in a botnet to send spam, or phishing screens that steal a user’s logins when entered into a compromised, legitimate app.

It is often downloaded from non-official sources, including phishing links sent via email or message, as well as malicious websites. (While security experts recommend always downloading from official app stores – like the Apple App Store or Google Play – some countries are unable to access certain apps from these sources, for example, secure messaging apps that would allow people to communicate secretly.)

Then there are the commercial spy apps that require physical access to download to a phone – often done by those well-known to the victim, such as a partner or parent – and which can monitor everything that occurs on the device.

Not sure if you may have been hacked? We spoke to Josh Galindo, director of training at uBreakiFix, about how to tell a smartphone might have been compromised. And, we explore the twelve ways your phone can be hacked and the steps you can take to protect yourself.

6 Signs your phone may have been hacked

1. Noticeable decrease in battery life

While a phone’s battery life inevitably decreases over time, a smartphone that has been compromised by malware may start to display a significantly decreased lifespan. This is because the malware – or spy app – may be using up phone resources to scan the device and transmit the information back to a criminal server.

(That said, simple everyday use can equally deplete a phone’s lifespan. Check if that’s the case by running through these steps for improving your Android or iPhone battery life.)

2. Sluggish performance

Do you find your phone frequently freezing, or certain applications crashing? This could be down to malware that is overloading the phone’s resources or clashing with other applications.

You may also experience continued running of applications despite efforts to close them, or even have the phone itself crash and/or restart repeatedly.

(As with reduced battery life, many factors could contribute to a slower phone – essentially, its everyday use, so first try deep cleaning your Android or iPhone.)

3. High data usage

Another sign of a compromised phone is an unusually high data bill at the end of the month, which can come from malware or spy apps running in the background, sending information back to its server.

4. Outgoing calls or texts you didn’t send

If you’re seeing lists of calls or texts to numbers you don’t know, be wary – these could be premium-rate numbers that malware is forcing your phone to contact; the proceeds of which land in the cyber-criminal’s wallet. In this case, check your phone bill for any costs you don’t recognize.

5. Mystery pop-ups

While not all pop-ups mean your phone has been hacked, constant pop-up alerts could indicate that your phone has been infected with adware, a form of malware that forces devices to view certain pages that drive revenue through clicks. Even if a pop-up isn’t the result of a compromised phone, many may be phishing links that attempt to get users to type in sensitive info – or download more malware.

6. Unusual activity on any accounts linked to the device

If a hacker has access to your phone, they also have access to its accounts – from social media to email to various lifestyle or productivity apps. This could reveal itself in activity on your accounts, such as resetting a password, sending emails, marking unread emails that you don’t remember reading, or signing up for new accounts whose verification emails land in your inbox.

In this case, you could be at risk for identity fraud, where criminals open new accounts or lines of credit in your name, using information taken from your breached accounts. It’s a good idea to change your passwords – without updating them on your phone – before running a security sweep on your phone itself.

What to do if your phone is hacked

If you’ve experienced any of these symptoms of a hacked smartphone, the best first step is to download a mobile security app.

For Android, we like Bitdefender or McAfee for their robust feature sets and high ratings from independent malware analysis labs.

And while iPhones may be less prone to hacks, they aren’t totally immune. Lookout for iOS flags apps that are acting maliciously, potentially dangerous Wi-Fi networks, and if the iPhone has been jailbroken (which increases its risk for hacking). It’s free, with $2.99/month for identity protection, including alerts of logins being exposed.

Who would hack your phone?

By now, government spying is such a common refrain that we may have become desensitized to the notion that the NSA taps our phone calls or the FBI can hack our computers whenever it wants. Yet there are other technological means – and motives – for hackers, criminals and even the people we know, such as a spouse or employer, to hack into our phones and invade our privacy. And unless you’re a high-profile target – journalist, politician, political dissident, business executive, criminal – that warrants special interest, it’s far more likely to be someone close to you than a government entity doing the spying.

12 ways your phone can be hacked

From targeted breaches and vendetta-fueled snooping to opportunistic land grabs for the data of the unsuspecting, here are twelve ways someone could be spying on your cell phone – and what you can do about it.

1. Spy apps

There is a glut of phone monitoring apps designed to covertly track someone’s location and snoop on their communications. Many are advertised to suspicious partners or distrustful employers, but still more are marketed as a legitimate tool for safety-concerned parents to keep tabs on their kids. Such apps can be used to remotely view text messages, emails, internet history, and photos; log phone calls and GPS locations; some may even hijack the phone’s mic to record conversations made in person. Basically, almost anything a hacker could possibly want to do with your phone, these apps would allow.

And this isn’t just empty rhetoric. When we studied cell phone spying apps back in 2013, we found they could do everything they promised. Worse, they were easy for anyone to install, and the person who was being spied on would be none the wiser that there every move was being tracked.

“There aren’t too many indicators of a hidden spy app – you might see more internet traffic on your bill, or your battery life may be shorter than usual because the app is reporting back to a third-party,” says Chester Wisniewski, principal research scientist at security firm Sophos.

Likelihood

Spy apps are available on Google Play, as well as non-official stores for iOS and Android apps, making it pretty easy for anyone with access to your phone (and a motive) to download one.

How to protect yourself

  • Since installing spy apps require physical access to your device, putting a passcode on your phone greatly reduces the chances of someone being able to access your phone in the first place. And since spy apps are often installed by someone close to you (think spouse or significant other), pick a code that won’t be guessed by anyone else.
  • Go through your apps list for ones you don’t recognize.
  • Don’t jailbreak your iPhone. “If a device isn’t jailbroken, all apps show up,” says Wisniewski. “If it is jailbroken, spy apps are able to hide deep in the device, and whether security software can find it depends on the sophistication of the spy app [because security software scans for known malware].”
  • For iPhones, ensuring you phone isn’t jailbroken also prevents anyone from downloading a spy app to your phone, since such software – which tampers with system-level functions - doesn’t make it onto the App Store.
  • Download a mobile security app. For Android, we like Bitdefender or McAfee, and for iOS, we recommend Lookout for iOS.

2. Phishing messages

Whether it’s a text claiming to be from a coronavirus contact tracer, or a friend exhorting you to check out this photo of you last night, SMS texts containing deceptive links that aim to scrape sensitive information (otherwise known as phishing or “smishing”) continue to make the rounds.

And with people often checking their email apps throughout the day, phishing emails are just as lucrative for attackers.

Periods such as tax season tend to attract a spike in phishing messages, preying on people’s concern over their tax return, while this year’s coronavirus-related government stimulus payment period has resulted in a bump in phishing emails purporting to be from the IRS.

Android phones may also fall prey to texts with links to download malicious apps (The same scam isn’t prevalent for iPhones, which are commonly non-jailbroken and therefore can’t download apps from anywhere except the App Store.). Android will warn you, though, when you try to download an unofficial app and ask your permission to install it – do not ignore this warning.

Such malicious apps may expose a user’s phone data, or contain a phishing overlay designed to steal login information from targeted apps – for example, a user’s bank or email app.

Likelihood

Quite likely. Though people have learned to be skeptical of emails asking them to “click to see this funny video!”, security lab Kaspersky notes that they tend to be less wary on their phones.

How to protect yourself

  • Keep in mind how you usually verify your identity with various accounts – for example, your bank will never ask you to input your full password or PIN.
  • Check the IRS’s phishing section to familiarize yourself with how the tax agency communicates with people, and verify any communications you receive
  • Avoid clicking links from numbers you don’t know, or in curiously vague messages from friends, especially if you can’t see the full URL.
  • If you do click on the link and try to download an unofficial app, your Android phone should notify you before installing it. If you ignored the warning or the app somehow otherwise bypassed Android security, delete the app and/or run a mobile security scan.

3. Unauthorized access to iCloud or Google account

Hacked iCloud and Google accounts offer access to an astounding amount of information backed up from your smartphone – photos, phonebooks, current location, messages, call logs and in the case of the iCloud Keychain, saved passwords to email accounts, browsers and other apps. And there are spyware sellers out there who specifically market their products against these vulnerabilities.

Online criminals may not find much value in the photos of regular folk – unlike nude pictures of celebrities that are quickly leaked – but they know the owners of the photos do, says Wisniewski, which can lead to accounts and their content being held digitally hostage unless victims pay a ransom.

Additionally, a cracked Google account means a cracked Gmail, the primary email for many users.

Having access to a primary email can lead to domino-effect hacking of all the accounts that email is linked to – from your Facebook account to your mobile carrier account, paving the way for a depth of identity theft that would seriously compromise your credit.

Likelihood

“This is a big risk. All an attacker needs is an email address; not access to the phone, nor the phone number,” Wisniewski says. If you happen to use your name in your email address, your primary email address to sign up for iCloud/Google, and a weak password that incorporates personally identifiable information, it wouldn’t be difficult for a hacker who can easily glean such information from social networks or search engines.

How to protect yourself

  • Create a strong password for these key accounts (and as always, your email).
  • Enable login notifications so you are aware of sign-ins from new computers or locations.
  • Enable two-factor authentication so that even if someone discovers your password, they can’t access your account without access to your phone.
  • To prevent someone resetting your password, lie when setting up password security questions. You would be amazed how many security questions rely on information that is easily available on the Internet or is widely known by your family and friends.

4. Bluetooth hacking

Any wireless connection may be vulnerable to cyber-snoops – and earlier this year, security researchers found a vulnerability in Android 9 and older devices that would allow hackers to secretly connect over Bluetooth, then scrape data on the device. (In Android 10 devices, the attack would have crashed Bluetooth, making connection impossible.)

While the vulnerability has since been patched in security updates out soon after, attackers may be able to hack your Bluetooth connection through other vulnerabilities – or by tricking you into pairing with their device by giving it another name (like ‘AirPods’ or another universal name). And once connected, your personal information would be at risk.

Likelihood

“Rather low, unless it is a targeted attack,” says Dmitry Galov, security researcher at Kaspersky.“Even then, a lot of factors have to come together to make it possible.”

How to protect yourself

  • Only turn your Bluetooth on when you are actually using it
  • Don’t pair a device in public to avoid falling prey to malicious pairing requests.
  • Always download security updates to patch vulnerabilities as soon as they’re discovered

5. SIM swapping

Another reason to be stringent about what you post online: cybercriminals can call up cellular carriers to pose as legitimate customers who have been locked out of their accounts. By providing stolen personal information, they’re able to get the phone number ported to their own device and use it to ultimately take over a person’s online accounts. In a spat of Instagram handle thefts, for example, hackers used known login names to request password changes and intercept multi-factor authentication texts sent to the stolen phone number. The purpose? To hold victims for ransom or, in the case of high-value names, sell on underground marketplaces. Some people have also had cryptocurrency accounts hijacked and drained.

On top of that, researchers foundhttps://www.bitdefender.com/solutions/that there were representatives at all five major carriers who authenticated users giving the wrong information (such as billing address or zip code), by instead asking for the last three digits of the last two dialed numbers. Researchers were able to provide these details by first sending a text instructing users to call a certain number, which played a voicemail telling them to call a second number.

Likelihood

“Currently, SIM swapping is especially popular in Africa and Latin America,” says Galov. “But we know about modern cases from different countries worldwide.”

How to protect yourself

  • Don’t use guessable numbers for your carrier PIN – like your birthday or family birthdays, all of which could be found on social media.
  • Choose an authenticator app such as Authy or Google Authenticator instead of SMS for 2FA. “This measure will protect you in most cases,” says Galov.
  • Use strong passwords and multi-factor authentication for all your online accounts to minimize the risk of a hack that can reveal personal information used to hijack your SIM.

6. Hacked phone camera

As video calling becomes increasingly prevalent for work and family connection, it’s highlighted the importance of securing computer webcams from hackers – but that front-facing phone cam could also be at risk. A since-fixed glitch in the Android onboard Camera app, for example, would have allowed attackers to record video, steal photos and geolocation data of images, while malicious apps with access to your camera app (see below) might also allow cybercriminals to hijack your camera.

Likelihood

Less prevalent than computer webcam hacks.

How to protect yourself

  • Always download security updates for all apps and your device.

7. Apps that over-request permissions

While many apps over-request permissions for the purpose of data harvesting, some may be more malicious – particularly if downloaded from non-official stores – requesting intrusive access to anything from your location data to your camera roll.

According to Kaspersky research, many malicious apps in 2020 take advantage of access to Accessibility Service, a mode intended to facilitate the use of smartphones for people with disabilities. “With permission to use this, a malicious application has almost limitless possibilities for interacting with the system interface and apps,” says Galov. Some stalkerware apps, for instance, take advantage of this permission.

Free VPN apps are also likely culprits for over-requesting permissions. In 2019, researchers found that two-thirds of the top 150 most-downloaded free VPN apps on Android made requests for sensitive data such as users’ locations.

Likelihood

Over-requesting permissions happens commonly, Galov says.

How to protect yourself

  • Read app permissions and avoid downloading apps that request more access than they should need to operate.
  • Even if an app’s permissions seem to line up with its function, check reviews online.
  • For Android, download an antivirus app such as Bitdefender or McAfee that will scan apps before download, as well as flag suspicious activity on apps you do have.

8. Snooping via open Wi-Fi networks

The next time you happen upon a password-free Wi-Fi network in public, it’s best not to get online. Eavesdroppers on an unsecured Wi-Fi network can view all its unencrypted traffic. And nefarious public hotspots can redirect you to lookalike banking or email sites designed to capture your username and password. Nor is it necessarily a shifty manager of the establishment you’re frequenting. For example, someone physically across the road from a coffee shop could set up a login-free Wi-Fi network named after the café, in hopes of catching useful login details for sale or identity theft.

Likelihood

Any tech-savvy person could potentially download the necessary software to intercept and analyze Wi-Fi traffic.

How to protect yourself

  • Only use public Wi-Fi networks that are secured with a password and have WPA2/3 enabled (you’ll see this on the login screen requesting password), where traffic is encrypted by default during transmission.
  • Download a VPN app to encrypt your smartphone traffic. NordVPN (Android/iOS from $3.49/month) is a great all-round choice that offers multi-device protection, for your tablet and laptop for example.
  • If you must connect to a public network and don’t have a VPN app, avoid entering in login details for banking sites or email. If you can’t avoid it, ensure the URL in your browser address bar is the correct one. And never enter private information unless you have a secure connection to the other site (look for “https” in the URL and a green lock icon in the address bar).
  • Turning on two-factor authentication for online accounts will also help protect your privacy on public Wi-Fi.

9. Apps with weak encryption

Even apps that aren’t malicious can leave your mobile device vulnerable. According to InfoSec Institute, apps that use weak encryption algorithms can leak your data to someone looking for it. Or, those with improperly implemented strong algorithms can create other back doors for hackers to exploit, allowing access to all the personal data on your phone.

Likelihood

“A potential risk, but a less likely threat than others such as unsecured Wi-Fi or phishing,” says Galov.

How to protect yourself

  • Check app reviews online before downloading – not only on app stores (which are often subject to spam reviews), but on Google search, for sketchy behavior that other users may have reported.
  • If possible, only download apps from reputable developers – for example, who turn up on Google with positive reviews and feedback results, or on user reviews sites like Trustpilot. According to Kaspersky, “the onus is on developers and organizations to enforce encryption standards before apps are deployed.”

10. SS7 global phone network vulnerability

A communication protocol for mobile networks across the world, Signaling System No 7 (SS7), has a vulnerability that lets hackers spy on text messages, phone calls and locations, armed only with someone’s mobile phone number.

The security issues have been well-known for years, and hackers have been exploiting this hole to intercept two-factor authentication (2FA) codes sent via SMS from banks, with cybercriminals in Germany draining victims’ bank accounts. The UK’s Metro Bank fell prey to a similar attack.

This method could also be used to hack other online accounts, from email to social media, wrecking financial and personal havoc.

According to security researcher Karsten Nohl, law enforcement and intelligence agencies use the exploit to intercept cell phone data, and hence don’t necessarily have great incentive to seeing that it gets patched.

Likelihood

The likelihood is growing, as the minimal resources needed to exploit this vulnerability have made it available to cybercriminals with a much smaller profile who are seeking to steal 2FA codes for online accounts – rather than tap the phones of political leaders, CEO or other people whose communications could hold high worth in underground marketplaces.

How to protect yourself

  • Choose email or (safer yet) an authentication app as your 2FA method, instead of SMS.
  • Use an end-to-end encrypted message service that works over the internet (thus bypassing the SS7 protocol), says Wisniewski. WhatsApp (free, iOS/Android), Signal (free, iOS/Android) and Wickr Me (free, iOS/Android) all encrypt messages and calls, preventing anyone from intercepting or interfering with your communications.
  • Be aware that if you are in a potentially targeted group your phone conversations could be monitored and act accordingly.

11. Malicious charging stations

While travel and tourism may not be on the horizon anytime soon, last year the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office released a security alert about the risk of hijacked public USB power charging stations in locations such as airports and hotels.

Malicious charging stations – including malware-loaded computers – take advantage of the fact that standard USB cables transfer data as well as charge battery. Older Android phones may even automatically mount the hard drive upon connection to any computer, exposing its data to an unscrupulous owner.

Security researchers have also shown it’s possible to hijack the video-out feature so that when plugged into a malicious charge hub, a hacker can monitor every keystroke, including passwords and sensitive data.

Likelihood

Low. There are no widely-known instances of hijacked charging points, while newer Android phones ask for permission to load their hard drive when plugged into a new computer; iPhones request a PIN. However, new vulnerabilities may be discovered.

How to protect yourself

  • Don’t plug into unknown devices; bring a wall charger. You might want to invest in a charge-only USB cable like PortaPow ($9.99 for two-pack on Amazon)
  • If a public computer is your only option to revive a dead battery, select the “Charge only” option (Android phones) if you get a pop-up when you plug in, or deny access from the other computer (iPhone).

12. Fake cellular towers, like FBI’s Stingray

The FBI, IRS, ICE, DEA, U.S. National Guard, Army and Navy are among the government bodies known to use cellular surveillance devices (the eponymous StingRays) that mimic bona fide network towers.

StingRays, and similar pretender wireless carrier towers, force nearby cell phones to drop their existing carrier connection to connect to the StingRay instead, allowing the device’s operators to monitor calls and texts made by these phones, their movements, and the numbers of who they text and call.

As StingRays have a radius of about 1km, an attempt to monitor a suspect’s phone in a crowded city center could amount to tens of thousands of phones being tapped.

Until late 2015, warrants weren’t required for StingRay-enabled cellphone tracking. The American Civil Liberties Union has identified over 75 federal agencies in over 27 states that own StingRays, but notes that this number is likely a drastic underestimate. Though some states outlaw the use of eavesdropping tech unless in criminal investigations, many agencies don’t obtain warrants for their use.

Likelihood

While the average citizen isn’t the target of a StingRay operation, it’s impossible to know what is done with extraneous data captured from non-targets, thanks to tight-lipped federal agencies.

How to protect yourself

  • Use encrypted messaging and voice call apps, particularly if you enter a situation that could be of government interest, such as a protest. Signal (free, iOS/Android) and Wickr Me (free, iOS/Android) both encrypt messages and calls, preventing anyone from intercepting or interfering with your communications. Most encryption in use today isn’t breakable, says Wisniewski, and a single phone call would take 10-15 years to decrypt.

“The challenging thing is, what the police have legal power to do, hackers can do the same,” Wisniewski says. “We’re no longer in the realm of technology that costs millions and which only the military have access to. Individuals with intent to interfere with communications have the ability to do so.”

From security insiders to less tech-savvy folk, many are already moving away from traditional, unencrypted communications – and perhaps in several years, it will be unthinkable that we ever allowed our private conversations and information to fly through the ether unprotected.

Updated on 5/28/2020 with new ways your phone can be hacked and what you can do to protect yourself.

[image credit: hacker smartphone concept via BigStockPhoto]

Natasha Stokes has been a technology writer for more than 7 years covering consumer tech issues, digital privacy and cybersecurity. As the features editor at TOP10VPN, she covered online censorship and surveillance that impact the lives of people around the world. Her work has also appeared on BBC Worldwide, CNN, Time and Travel+Leisure.



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X ox and phone be monitored

From Eric on September 09, 2020 :: 3:04 am

Eveything thing I have is monitored. They are even on my Xbox. I installed a listening app on my phone and intercepted them talking . how do I fix. I have changed passwords and everything

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HElp

From Eric on September 09, 2020 :: 3:05 am

Eveything thing I have is monitored. They are even on my Xbox. I installed a listening app on my phone and intercepted them talking . how do I fix. I have changed passwords and everything

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Xbox and phone HELP

From Eric on September 09, 2020 :: 3:06 am

Eveything thing I have is monitored. They are even on my Xbox. I installed a listening app on my phone and intercepted them talking . how do I fix. I have changed passwords and everything

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It's done.

From Timothy Gentry on September 10, 2020 :: 2:25 pm

After reading all of the above I have zero doubt that my phone has been hacked and I know who I allowed to borrow my phone and do it. The amount of evidence is overwhelming that Google Amazon Samsung Comcast and many other sensitive apps are now no longer secure. I’m having trouble finding how to fix the situation now that I am positive it has happened. Is there any way to obtain proof and prosecute? Because the police seem less than interested in this white collar crime if you feel that you have constructive information to share please #me or send a DM

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What if you delete the app?

From Parascma on September 11, 2020 :: 12:36 am

Could you stop your phone from being hacked if you delete the app though which the phone was hacked ?

Thanks !

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That should work

From Josh Kirschner on September 17, 2020 :: 9:53 am

If your phone was hacked by someone downloading a spy app to it, then deleting the app will resolve them problem. However, if someone had access to your device to install one app, there could be other issues. The best path would be to backup your data/photos and factory reset your device.

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Phone jack.

From Jermaine Ervin on September 17, 2020 :: 5:04 pm

How do I fix this problem cause I’m tired of this on going situation.my phone number is [removed] cause computer illiterate.

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I think some hake my phone

From Lucky Danny johns on September 18, 2020 :: 12:57 am

I think my iphone se is hake my email text message social media and network and more I need help

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Hacked

From wampaman on September 22, 2020 :: 11:13 pm

My external IP address is 192.0.0.4

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Help needed

From Blake on September 28, 2020 :: 11:55 am

My phone has been getting random pop ups and I am confused can you help I don´t know if I am getting hacked and it turned off randomly

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What do the popups say?

From Josh Kirschner on September 28, 2020 :: 1:16 pm

Popups can be caused by malicious ads on websites or apps that you have installed on your phone. What do the popups say and when do they occur? When visiting web pages or at any time when using the phone?

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Mobile Phone hacked through phone no?

From It's me on October 02, 2020 :: 1:32 pm

I gave my whatsapp no to someone I met in online game, she said that she will call me but she didn’t than she started asking unusual question like name, age, no of brother name, brother age. Than she asked to chat via boobs voice to text but I didn’t than in a second my game crashed and it got on after 2 min but I am scared that if it is hacked kr or not
pls answer me. Because I was refusing to answer them but still she was forcing me to answer which was not in her attitude first.

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Possible, but highly unlikely

From Josh Kirschner on October 02, 2020 :: 5:01 pm

We know there are tools out there that have been used to target individual phones with malware, though you can’t do it just by knowing someone’s phone number unless you’re the high-profile target of a nation state, which I will assume you are not (and in that case, they certainly wouldn’t need to hit you up for your number through a game). From the sound of it, she/he is fishing for personal info they can use to answer security questions to hijack one of your accounts. Don’t provide any info and stop responding.

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FBI sevalance

From Samantha Matthews on October 03, 2020 :: 4:38 am

There’s this wifi option that shows up late every night that’s call FBI sevalance, when it shows up it knocks my husband and I both off of our network, what is it?

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It's just a silly named Wi-Fi network someone set up

From Josh Kirschner on October 04, 2020 :: 3:54 pm

You can name your Wi-Fi whatever you want, so someone near you decided that would be funny. It shouldn’t know you off you existing network, though, unless you try to connect to it. So make sure your device isn’t trying to connect to it if you’ve tried in the past by “forgetting” the network.

On the other had, if your network disappears when the other one pops up, that would indicate someone is changing the Wi-Fi name of YOUR router, which means they know your login info - that would be very bad. If that is what’s happening, you should change your router login credentials ASAP.

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Is my internet being monitored?

From Andrew on October 09, 2020 :: 8:41 am

In the last month I have booked tickets to 2 events. And put my name on a waiting list for a ps5.  I have received fishing text messages for each of these incidents. However. The data was entered into a laptop not on my phone and they still got the info. Has my laptop been hacked? Or has my network been hacked?

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I have been hackers worse than anyone in the world

From Superfish Victim on October 12, 2020 :: 7:24 am

I know I am being hacked and feel confident when I say that I have been hacked more than anyone in the world.  You can see it for yourself search YouTube for “Hacker Caught right after factory reset on Pixel 4.” Or if you want to actually see the hacking, search Google for “Chromebook hacked in Debbie Lincoln’s defense”.  I posted that one because I was reading a block that Debbie wrote about how her Chromebook was hacked and the Chromium Developers response was, Shut up Debbie and have a drink.  I thought it was rude, unprofessional and wrong for a “Developer” to tell that to a girl asking for help.  So, I posted that 9 Second video proving that the Chromebook can in Fact be hacked and I actually have the coding and instructions.

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Boyfriend hacked my phone

From Nadena on October 19, 2020 :: 9:30 am

I really need your help my boyfriend hacked my phone . He see all my photos hear my conversations have control to turn my phone off . I don’t know what and how he CB is doing this . Please help .

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Hack

From Carmen on October 21, 2020 :: 10:28 am

Please help can u remove it please fix it ok please ok thank you can u do something about it ok now

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Same here

From Laura on October 23, 2020 :: 11:47 am

Covert organized stalking and harassment. Female 50 yr old from Virginia. All electronic devices and cox wifi hacked, controlled remotely as well….

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This is absolutely a real thing.

From M.J. on November 09, 2020 :: 2:37 am

This is a real thing that I have seen with my own eyes and heard with my own ears. I’ve always been able to “feel” and “sense” when evil is present but this last year or so I actually physically saw it and heard it speak to me on 2 completely different occasions. You’re not crazy. Lol. Bcuz I surely know I’m not either.
I’m an empath. And there very much so is a battle happening in the world right now as we speak. But we are not fighting flesh and blood here ,,,,were fighting in the spiritual realm. Of good and evil. Light and dark. (Demons) and yes you’re right. When we participate in certain things that are not pure or mostly good in essence ,,, it opens up ways for them to worm into our minds.
As you had said. Be strong and know that God is all powerful and has your back. You just have to let him do so. “Come to me all who are weary”

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Galaxcy tab Samsung

From Elizabeth Joubert on November 15, 2020 :: 5:34 pm

My number was used to phone someone..now I am accused of doing it.  Even the name of the caller is not my name but it is my number.  Please how can this happen..this is ruining my life

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Spoofing numbers is very easy to do

From Josh Kirschner on November 16, 2020 :: 10:37 am

It’s very easy to spoof numbers and it’s standard practice for scammers to do that when making spam calls. My number has been spoofed, my wife’s number has been spoofed, anyone’s number can be spoofed. Unfortunately, there’s nothing you can do to stop it. This is something that needs to be addressed by the phone carriers with the new STIR/SHAKEN framework.

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My phone number was used

From Desperate Please ADVICE on November 16, 2020 :: 3:19 pm

My phone number was used in whatsup calls but the name is different.  Information used was private whatsup calls not shared but now made known to the person in discussions….please how did this happen because my name is dragged down…please help me

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Please could you help me

From Desperate Please ADVICE on November 17, 2020 :: 12:15 pm

Please could you help me

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Please just help me with

From Desperate Please ADVICEdes on November 17, 2020 :: 5:37 am

Please just help me with some kind of proof that I am not quilty

My phone number was used to phone someone and details was given to this person about conversations that was spoken on my phone.

The name showing in this call is not my name and PLEASE help me I am innocent and losing everything special to me

PLEASE HELP ME

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call log hacked

From Steven Chiverton on November 17, 2020 :: 11:54 am

my mum put $50 on her phone today at the telstra shop in armadale perth w.a. since then she made only one call which she couldn’t get through to her friend in midland perth w.a. but got a message saying she has no credit all of a sudden, she went back to the telstra shop and arsked them they examined her call log which was built up from past calls and she dosent know how to clear the logs they saw calls made in the past to brother in new zealand   and local calls and claimed that she made alot of calls which she dident do on the day she topped her credit up by $50 i rang telstra and arsked and the told me the same thing i said were the calls made today i think they said yes so i reckon her call log dates from the past were hacked and moved up to the day she put $50 credit on her phone resulting in her credit instantly vanishing and telstra sees the dates as today which mum dosent make that ,many calls so i believe the system is hacked and dates altered and credit vainish i myself dident check all the dates never thought of it only a few logs said her mobile plan has failed i brought that up to telstra but with help at all

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Gangstalked/hacked

From Cheryl G91 on November 22, 2020 :: 5:10 pm

I’m being gangstalked and hacked. Really need some help please.

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Bullying by hackers

From Anonymous on November 23, 2020 :: 3:21 am

Hi please someone is harassing me daily due to seeing everything I do from activities like showering and anything in my phone be it text or call..be it my location..who I talk to..what I say..I have zero privacy. I don’t know if it’s the number they use to track or the phone coz I bought a new one hoping things would change but they don’t.Whatever is being used to be on my case 24/7 even as of now as I type this it is being seen.Kindly help

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Phone hacked

From Dianne on November 30, 2020 :: 10:14 am

My cell phone has been hacked so many times I’ve lost track.  I’m very aware who started this , (an ex) actually it’s my ex’s girlfriend.  She’s contacted family, and friends of mine.  Now I have multiple people comprising my privacy on line.  What can I do?  This world is full of sick and demented people.  Who handles these attacks?  The police, FBI, or both.  Please advise.  Thank you

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My haker

From Ruoesj on December 02, 2020 :: 9:46 am

Ok

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Personal Prerogative

From Sean Fuller on December 09, 2020 :: 9:57 pm

Hope do I find out why my phones been hacked?

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HELP ME PLEASE

From Emma on December 11, 2020 :: 12:16 am

I didn’t know about the text hacking and I went to a website that was weird so I got off it and the next time I went to do something on my phone it said that if I don’t download a specific app to put a security thing on my phone or else all my photos and contacts will be deleted. I don’t know if this is another trick or something but it’s scaring me. I don’t know what to do. Please help me!!

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Sounds like scareware

From Josh Kirschner on December 16, 2020 :: 7:24 pm

Scareware has been around for a long time, trying to trick people into installing apps that either cost them money, serve up ads or create security risks of their own. This definitely sounds like scareware. It’s not clear on whether this is simply a popup you received will visiting a site or somehow you downloaded something that is serving up the message. The best thing to do is download an antimalware app - Lookout, Norton, Bitdefender, Kaspersky - and do a scan to make sure your phone is clean.

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Im hacked in almost every way spoken about

From Tiffany on January 02, 2021 :: 7:23 pm

It started in sept. Shortly after i tried to break up with my boyfriend and told him i was in love with someone else. I ended up staying with him….since my phone has started dying quick, apps on my phone i didnt install, my passwords keep getting changed, bluetooth-nearby device scanning, call and text on other devices and a bunch of other crap turning on and off by itself. Now there is admins of every account and a super admin on my phone. This bs is unreal and he still denies it. The feeling of not having a lick of privacy or even be able.to speak to my family without him knowing every word. Its one of the worse feelings ive ever had. Ive cried day in and day out cuz of this. Why would someone who claims to love u so much and cant live without u hurt u so bad? Smh

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My

From Rose on January 05, 2021 :: 6:00 am

I think my brother phone is hacked

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Beware of Fake Hackers

From Rhonda Mathew on January 06, 2021 :: 6:42 am

IMPORTANT!!! A Real Hacker will not charge anything in Advance
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If it had helped me it can help you too

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Phone hacking

From Kate Jennifer on January 06, 2021 :: 12:50 pm

I was very disappointed when i heard my husband was cheating but i had no physical evidence to prove it, not untill a colleague recommended this guys to me who was able to give me access to my husband phone in real time i was in control of his iphone without him knowing and i was able to see everything he does on it. you can reach out to him now on .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and you can text or call him on +1-(938) 444-4148 or on WhatsApp +1(470) 777-2098

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Sick of being hacked

From Tyree Mondaine on January 06, 2021 :: 8:00 pm

My cellphone email every thing is being monitored as well as location hacked what can I do not to have a phone at all

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I know my phone is

From Brenda Jerger-Farber on January 07, 2021 :: 7:32 am

I know my phone is hacked I live in Evansville Indiana so I can prove to my family .is there a security surveillance company named LS there are two panel trucks. And one van parked around the corner of my has.

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How can I figure out whether my phone is hacked or not?

From Prawina on January 08, 2021 :: 9:30 am

I have got a message that someone is trying to hack my phone but I didn’t see any of the above symptoms in my phone.I am confused whether it is hacked or not.What can I do now?

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My mobile is hacked.. Anyone recover mine please

From Sake Nikhil on January 12, 2021 :: 7:50 pm

Sir I just understand that my mbl is hacked by

1.In my Instagram account I haven’t liked some msgs of my friend in my inbox but they are liked by my account.

2.I had put some apps in hidden. Now they are re arranged themselves. Don’t know how

Please help me to resolve this issue sir

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Phone was hacked and lot of unnessary image and call

From Jayaratna muttettupita on January 18, 2021 :: 6:32 am

Please observe about the same have goodcollaboration with your service

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phone cloned and hascked on multiple occasions

From Patrick on January 23, 2021 :: 12:36 am

ive noticed alot of wierd stuff going on,including a text saying"thanks for the URL” AT TIMES I CANT GET CALLS OR REXTS,multiple emails saying things have been changed or updated,its even gotten into my ps4,ps3,smart t,v,and my daughters tablet.and says my phone is in a totally different city’asks for 2 factor authentication to snap chat or waplog,when i dont have accounts in either…how do i stop this bcuz i found multiple other devices attached to my tv,phome,ga!e systems???

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From Samuel hill on January 23, 2021 :: 2:50 pm

very good news and helpful

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very good news and helpful

From john on January 23, 2021 :: 2:50 pm

Hi; I have an Samsung A10e. A friend(?) stopped by last night and when he left I went to use my phone and my contacts were gone! And…all my photos and messages too! Gone! In fact, the phone was wiped clean of everything and I had to do everything over as if I just got the phone! Can someone tell me what happened? Thanks

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Photos Contacts Messages all gone! Help!

From John Byrne on January 23, 2021 :: 3:54 pm

Hi; I have a Galaxy A10e. Yesterday it was working fine. Then a friend(?) stopped by and after he left I went to use my phone and everything was gone! My contacts, messages, and all my photos…gone. In fact, I had to redo the whole phone as if I had just got it. I turned it on and the screen message said “Let’s get started”. Somebody please tell me what happened! Thank you!

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Cops and Real Estate Robbers

From Walle, A. on January 26, 2021 :: 2:17 pm

[REMOVED] hacked my e-mail; developers, lawyers and police go on campaigns against tenants in that city so probably do in yours, too.  I got a message from [REMOVED] ARG that I ‘needed to open’ by the 21st of November 2018: A public system told me to never open it, that it had problems but the original disappeared and anyone can hack into a cheap e-mail account.  The ones with more security probably not so much; I’ve been harassed by Greensboro police for years, they’ve even been to Catawba County several times and is why I no longer go to Valley Hills Mall: They’ve been there

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I don't need to hack me

From Nagesh Kasar on February 05, 2021 :: 8:46 am

Hey,
  Please Don’t hack me!!

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Help

From Sam on February 07, 2021 :: 4:17 am

Please i received a mail that my phone has been hacked and they’re asking for a ransom or they will post my photos and videos on social media. Please i need help

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