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How to Tell if Your Phone Has Been Hacked

by on February 15, 2023
in Privacy, Phones and Mobile, Mobile Apps, Tips & How-Tos :: 730 comments

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Updated by Suzanne Kantra on 2/15/2023 with new research and interviews with Keatron Evans, Principal Security Advisor at Infosec Institute, Sachin Puri, Vice President of Marketing at McAfee, and Jakub Vavra, Threat Analyst at Avast.

From email to banking, our smartphones are the main hub of our online lives. No wonder 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.

There are three main types of threats faced by mobile users: malware apps, adware, and spyware. According to the McAfee 2022 Mobile Threat Report, mobile malware apps are mainly masquerading as gaming hacks, cryptomining, and messaging apps to gather account logins, charge fees for bogus services, and sign users up for premium text services. In its 2022 State of Malware Report, MalwareBytes reported a rise in aggressive adware – ads that appear in notifications, the lock screen, and in popups – and highlights the fact that preinstalled malware on inexpensive Android devices continues to be a serious problem. Spyware is software 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 unintentionally downloaded from non-official sources that people visit in phishing links sent via email or text messages, as well as malicious websites.

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

There are technological means and motives for hackers, governments, and even the people we know, such as a spouse or employer, to hack into our phones and invade our privacy. However, 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.

Not sure if you may have been hacked? We spoke to Keatron Evans, principal security advisor for Infosec Institute, Sachin Puri, Vice President of Marketing at McAfee, and Jakub Vavra, Threat Analyst at Avast, about how to tell if a smartphone might have been compromised. And, we explore the nine ways your phone can be hacked and the steps you can take to protect yourself.

What are the 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 significantly decreased battery life. This is because the malware – or spy app – may be using your phone's resources to scan the device and transmit the information back to the hacker's server.

(That said, simple everyday use over time can also shorten your phone's battery life. 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 specific applications crashing? This could be a sign that malware is overloading your phone’s resources or interfering with other applications. You may also experience continued running of applications despite efforts to close them, or even have your phone crash and/or restart repeatedly.

(As with reduced battery life, many factors could contribute to a slower phone. One main contributor can be running out of storage space, so try freeing up space on your Android or iPhone.)

3. Phone feels hot when not using or charging it

Malware or apps, like bitcoin miners, running in the background can cause your phone to run hot or even overheat, according to Vavra. If your phone feels hot to the touch and it's not in use or on your charger, it could be a sign that malware is present. Try turning your phone off and on to see if the problem goes away. If not, there may be cause for concern.

4. High data usage

Another sign of a compromised phone is an unusually high data bill or running out of data before the end of the month. Extra data use can come from malware or spy apps running in the background and sending information back to their server.

For iPhones, go to Settings > Cellular and scroll down to see the list of apps using cellular data. You can check the current and last billing periods.

For plain Android phones (Google Pixels phones), go to Settings > Network & Internet > SIMs > App data usage. For Samsung phones, go to Settings > Connections > Data usage > Mobile data usage. Or, search for "data usage" in the search bar of the Settings app.

5. Outgoing calls or texts you didn’t send

If you see 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.

6. Mystery pop-ups and apps

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, pop-ups coming from external sources can include phishing links that attempt to get you to type in sensitive info or download malware.

You may also find apps on your phone that you didn't download and could be signs malware has been installed on your device. If you don't recall downloading the app, you can press and hold on the app icon (Android) and click on the option for App info. Scroll down and the App details section will tell you were the app was installed from (should be Google Play Store). Click on App details to go to the Google Play Store, where you can check the app is a legitimate app from a trustworthy developer. For Apple owners, go to the App Store and tap on your profile icon, select Purchased > My Purchases, and search for the app name.

7. Unusual activity on any accounts linked to the device

If a hacker has access to your phone, they also have access to your 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, signing up for new accounts whose verification emails land in your inbox, or moving emails to trash that you don’t remember seeing (especially those verification emails).

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.

How your phone can be hacked and what you can do to prevent it

From targeted breaches and vendetta-fueled snooping to harvesting data from the unsuspecting, here are nine 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, others are marketed as legitimate tools 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.

Techlicious has studied consumer cell phone spying apps and 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 their every move was being tracked. Commercial spyware programs, like Pegasus, sold to law enforcement and government agencies (including in countries with poor human rights histories), don't even require direct access to the device.

“The purpose of spyware is to be undetectable. Generally, if it's sophisticated, it may be very difficult to detect,” says Vavra.

Likelihood

Spyware apps are not available on Google Play or Apple's App Store. So someone would have to jailbreak your iPhone or enable unauthorized apps on your Android phone and download the spyware from a non-official store. Parental monitoring apps, which are available in Google Play and the App Store, have similar features for tracking and monitoring, but they aren't designed to be hidden from view.

How to protect yourself

  • Since installing spy apps requires 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 a 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 in the App Library. 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. For iPhones, ensuring your 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 into the App Store. The easiest way to tell if your iPhone has been jailbroken is the existence of an alternate app store, like Cydia or Sileo. They may be hidden, so search for them. If you find one, you'll need to restore your phone to factory settings. Back up your phone and then go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings.
  • If you have an Android phone, go to Settings and search for "install unknown apps" and make sure all sources are set to off.
  • Download a mobile security app that will scan for rogue apps. We recommend Avast, Bitdefender, or McAfee.

2. Phishing messages

Whether it’s a text claiming to help you recover a package or a friend exhorting you to "check out this photo of you last night", text messages containing deceptive links that aim to collect 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 concerns over their tax returns. You'll also see a rise after natural disasters, asking people to donate.

Android phones may also fall prey to texts with links to download malicious apps. Android won't allow you to install apps from sources outside the Play Store unless you change your install permissions in Settings to allow unknown app, so it's safest to always keep these set to "Not allowed". The same scam isn’t workable for iPhones, which are commonly non-jailbroken and, therefore, can’t download apps from anywhere except the App Store.

Likelihood

Quite likely. While people have learned to be skeptical of emails asking them to click links, people tend to be less wary when using 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 provide your password or PIN via text message or email.
  • 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 in texts from numbers you don’t know or in unusual messages from friends.

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, contacts, location, messages, call logs, and saved passwords. This information can be used for phishing or blackmail.

Additionally, access to your Google account means access to your Gmail, the primary email for many users. The ability to use your email for verification codes to your accounts can lead to a domino effect of hacking all the accounts your email is linked to – from your Facebook account to your mobile carrier account, paving the way for identity theft.

Likelihood

If you use a weak password, it won’t be difficult for a hacker to gain access to your account.

How to protect yourself

  • Create a strong password for all your accounts (and, as always, your email). We recommend using a password manager so you can use strong passwords without needing to memorize them. Password managers can also generate strong passwords, making the process even easier.
  • Enable login notifications, so you are aware of sign-ins from new computers or locations.
  • Enable two-factor authentication (2FA) so that even if someone discovers your password, they can’t access your account without access to your 2FA method.
  • To prevent someone from resetting your password, lie when setting up password security questions. You would be amazed by how many security questions rely on information that is easily available on the Internet or is widely known by family and friends.

4. SIM swapping

Last year, the FBI announced that it saw a significant rise in SIM swapping complaints. With SIM swapping, cybercriminals 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, including virtual currency accounts.

Likelihood

SIM swapping is not common, but it is on the rise.

How to protect yourself

  • Make sure you have your cellular account protected by an account passcode. Don’t use guessable numbers for your carrier PIN – like your birthday or family birthdays, all of which could be found on social media.
  • For AT&T, log into your AT&T account, select Account settings > Linked accounts > Manage extra security and make sure "Extra security" is checked in the Account Passcode tile.
  • For T-Mobile, log into your T-Mobile account with the T-Mobile app and select Account > Profile Settings > Privacy and notifications > SIM protection, and toggle on SIM protection for your accounts and select "Save Changes."
  • For Verizon, log into your Verizon account with the Verizon app. Select Account Settings > Number Lock and toggle on for all of your accounts and select "Save Changes."

5. Hacked phone camera

The prevalence of video calling has highlighted the importance of securing computer webcams from hackers – but that front-facing phone cam could also be at risk. To gain access to your phone's camera, hackers would need to have the ability to run software remotely in a remote code execution (RCE) attack. In 2021, a vulnerability found in Qualcomm and MediaTek chips used in two-thirds of all phones sold that year put people at risk of RCE attacks, including streaming video from the phone's camera. This vulnerability was quickly patched, but RCE vulnerabilities regularly crop up, including Apple's recent update to old iPad and iPhones.

Likelihood

While RCE vulnerabilities continue to be a problem, cameras are not usually the target. Hacking is unlikely unless someone has physical access to install an app on your phone.

How to protect yourself

Always download security updates for all apps and your device.

6. Apps that over-request permissions

While many apps over-request permissions for the purpose of data harvesting, some may be more malicious and request intrusive access to everything from your location data to your camera roll. Puri notes that "Cheating tools and hacking apps are popular ways to get extra capabilities in mobile games. Criminals are exploiting this by promoting game hacking apps that include malicious code on legitimate messaging channels." Other types of apps that have been known to deliver malware include camera filters, photo editors, and messaging apps. And last year, McAfee identified a group of "cleaner apps" that purportedly removed unneeded files or optimized battery life, but actually installed malware on millions of devices.

Likelihood

It's common to run into apps that over-request permissions.

How to protect yourself

  • Read app permissions and avoid downloading apps that request more access than they should need to operate.
  • For Android, download a mobile security app such as Avast, Bitdefender, or McAfee that will scan apps before downloading and flag suspicious activity on apps you do have.

7. Snooping via open WiFi networks

The next time you happen upon a password-free WiFi network in public, be careful. Nefarious public hotspots can redirect you to lookalike banking or email sites designed to capture your username and password. It's not necessarily a shifty manager of the establishment you’re frequenting who's behind the ruse. For example, someone physically across the road from a coffee shop could set up a login-free WiFi network named after the café in hopes of catching useful login details for sale or identity theft.

Likelihood

If you're using a legitimate public WiFi network, Vavra says that "there are now enough safeguards it [snooping] shouldn't be too much of an issue." Most websites use HTTPS to encrypt your data, making it worthless to snoopers.

How to protect yourself

  • Use the apps on your phone to access email, banking, etc., rather than your browser, and you will be protected against malicious redirects.
  • Vavra says that "VPN adds another layer of encryption and essentially creates a more secure tunnel between the user and the website. While HTTPS only covers the communication data, VPN encrypts all data sent and can be used to change user location as perceived by the website or service the user is communicating with. So even the ISP (Internet provider) doesn’t see what is sent." Paid versions of mobile security apps often include a VPN, and we like Nord VNP and, for a free option, Proton VPN.

8. SS7 global phone network vulnerability

A communication protocol for 2G and 3G mobile networks, Signaling System No 7 (SS7), has a vulnerability that lets hackers spy on text messages, phone calls, and locations. The security issues have been well-known for years, and hackers have exploited this hole to intercept two-factor authentication (2FA) codes sent via SMS from banks. According to Evans, his method could also be used to impersonate a user's identity by spoofing their MSISDN or IMSI number, intercept calls, locate the user, commit billing fraud, and launch a Denial of Service (DoS) attack, which could bring down the network.

Likelihood

Evens says that the likelihood is pretty low of experiencing this type of hack. The major U.S. carriers have shut down their 3G service, and Evans estimates that only about 17 percent of the world still uses 2G or 3G networks.

How to protect yourself

  • Choose email or (safer yet) an authenticator app as your 2FA method, instead of text message. We like Authy and Google Authenticator.
  • Use an end-to-end encrypted message service that works over the internet (thus bypassing the SS7 protocol). WhatsApp and Signal encrypt messages and calls, preventing anyone from intercepting or interfering with your communications.
  • Keep your device updated.
  • If you want to be extra careful, Evans suggests, "If you're traveling abroad, get a cheap phone that you can almost use as a disposable and get rid of it when you get back or getting ready to return."

9. Fake cellular towers, like the 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 ISMI 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 half a mile, an attempt to monitor a suspect’s phone in a crowded city center could amount to tens of thousands of phones being tapped.

The American Civil Liberties Union has identified over 75 federal agencies in over 27 states that own StingRay-type devices but notes that this number is likely a drastic underestimate. In 2015, the Department of Justice started requiring its agencies to obtain warrants for using StingRay-type devices, but this guidance doesn't apply to local and state authorities. Several states have passed legislation requiring a warrant for use, including California, Washington, Virginia, New York, Utah, and Illinois.

Likelihood

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

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. WhatsApp and Signal encrypt messages and calls, preventing anyone from intercepting or interfering with your communications. Most encryption in use today isn’t breakable, and a single phone call would take 10-15 years to decrypt.

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.

[image credit: hacker smartphone concept via BigStockPhoto]

Natasha Stokes has been a technology writer for more than seven 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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From Esperanza franco on March 10, 2017 :: 7:33 am

My hubends phone has been hacked mutipule time and they are using all my emails to do so need help to stop it

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Help is on it's away

From Geo metro on April 23, 2017 :: 12:12 pm

Don’t worry I’ll help you!!! Before going into the system I would want to know, what is the name of your phone?

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Help me

From Sarah on April 25, 2017 :: 6:07 am

Hi my sister erased everything on my iPod 6 and we don’t know the email or password to our iCloud and do not want to tell our parents is their any way we can hack it and bring everything back

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May not be possible, but you can try

From Josh Kirschner on April 25, 2017 :: 8:24 am

There is no way to “hack” your iPod to bring everything back. However, it may be possible to recover some of the data using data recovery tools. This article explains one of the ways to do it: http://www.macworld.com/article/2095226/how-to-recover-lost-data-from-your-iphone-ipad-or-ipod-touch.html.

my phone is a galaxy7active

From ginny meyer on July 05, 2017 :: 8:27 am

my phone is a galaxy7active omg it’s a lemon and AT&T lied to me I don’t think it was a mistake it came in a box all packed calling it brand new I feel tricked when AT&T help said it was a referbished phone by the one I number! how can they get away with that it’s a terrible uncaring to their customers AT&T doesn’t seem to want to help !

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From Sally hedlund on July 21, 2017 :: 1:31 pm

My phone is hacked and every thing else in home and car

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From Sally hedlund on July 21, 2017 :: 1:43 pm

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You are being gang stalked.

From Jean on August 24, 2017 :: 11:37 pm

You are being gang stalked. Look it up

Hack Proofing

From James on October 04, 2017 :: 4:48 pm

This might not help your mindset unfortunately, however, while the people who can help pinpoint and describe the most common ways to digitally compromise somebodies privacy and also help close and reinforce the windows on potential hackers…
They can also hack your phone alot easier than the average joe

Hacked

From Suzi on March 17, 2018 :: 8:23 pm

Mine to sally, I’m monitored 24/7 😔

Could be...

From Debby on March 29, 2018 :: 5:39 pm

Could be you are gang stalked or multiple stalkers. Google it. There are ways to make it difficult or and this requires a lot of work and energy to make it almost impossible for them. Do so soon bc if you are it will get worse..much worse if what Ive heard from many who are is correct.

Resolved?

From Eangel87 on February 21, 2020 :: 1:55 am

Just wondering if this situation was resolved.  I am dealing with the same thing

Severe hack house computer phones and car

From Jleath on February 27, 2020 :: 6:32 pm

Anyone know who to hire to track who is doing this and stop it? Even anew phone is hacked before we get it home.

Some people are hacking into my phone

From Deidra Gannon on July 06, 2020 :: 9:47 pm

Can you fix the problem

Can we chat?

From Tracy Elizabeth Williams on June 22, 2021 :: 10:58 pm

Hi there!  I’m in the exact situation as you.  It’s no way to live!  I’m hoping maybe you have found resolution and could share your findings with me?  I need some help to get out of this mess!  Please feel free to message me back.  Thank you so much and I look forward to hearing from you!

My asus zenfone max was

From Melwish on August 31, 2017 :: 8:15 pm

My asus zenfone max was hacked , and my frind phone aslo , sumsung j1. Every msg can read hacker , how can i stop this hack , pliz help me

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conutpter

From Paris griffin on December 03, 2020 :: 12:03 pm

My computer was hacked this isnor that hackers stop I am only 10 this si rude and cruel just stop

my cell phone and email seems to be hacked

From steve on September 06, 2017 :: 2:23 pm

I get dozens of text and email from people who say thay saw my pic on craigslist, even more upsettng Iam getting text from people saying I texted them from my phone. I have no idea who these people are

)Please assist

STEVE

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Sounds more like a prank than hacking

From Josh Kirschner on September 06, 2017 :: 4:22 pm

It sounds like someone posting a Craigslist listing with your info, rather than hacking. Did you try doing a Google search on your email address of Craigslist to see what is being posted?

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From the 1 on January 09, 2019 :: 9:50 pm

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Not sure

From Someone on November 10, 2019 :: 3:07 am

Not sure you’re hacked maybe they just got ur info somewhere and are harassing you just block them!!

Help

From Robin on October 31, 2017 :: 8:29 pm

My phone has been acting up being weird

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well don't worry

From Leah The Devil Queen on March 07, 2018 :: 7:02 pm

Don’t worry my phone and I pad is not working do I’m useing myself tablet the only normal one

Help please

From Thandekayo on February 07, 2018 :: 5:27 am

My phone has been hacked too I’m getting calls from different number but its a same voice,that person has pointed my boy friend with a gun on free while driving

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Get their plates and call

From No one on November 10, 2019 :: 3:08 am

Get their plates and call the police

My phone is stolen

From Honer 9 lite on July 15, 2018 :: 1:39 am

My phone is stolen in my class
Plzz help me to find my lost phone

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My phone is stolen

From Honer 9 lite on July 15, 2018 :: 1:42 am

Plzz help me i want my phone back i have very personal in that phone help me plzzz

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From Mizpah flora on July 15, 2018 :: 1:46 am

My phone is honer 9 lite i bought before 1 moth my phone is stolen so plzzz help me to find my phone I have some very personal in my phone ao plzźzz help me plzzzz

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Use Android phone locator

From Josh Kirschner on July 16, 2018 :: 11:24 am

File a police report, of course, and try using the Android Find My Device to see if you can track down its location: https://www.techlicious.com/tip/how-to-find-your-phone/.

If you had a good password for your lock screen, that should prevent anyone from accessing the information on your phone.

hijacked!

From kris g on October 18, 2018 :: 11:17 am

I know something ir someone gas got my phone..cant figure it out..lots of weird like phones on google acct that says this is phone u r on..but im not..log ins from unrecognized browsers..cant do 2 step authentication

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account hacked

From Angela R. on January 13, 2019 :: 12:58 am

I just want this to be fixed please help

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Please help

From Ez on March 29, 2019 :: 6:36 pm

My phone is hacked

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same

From Person 2 on January 04, 2020 :: 12:37 pm

same

Some one. Hacking me

From Mary hunt on April 22, 2019 :: 3:09 pm

My email my phone how can i stop this

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BinaryReap3r on Skype

From Juliana Helson on June 06, 2019 :: 12:01 pm

I followed recommendation from a credible source about a highly skillful hacker. I searched his name of Skype and since I’ve been in contact he has helped me with a lot of hacking stuffs.

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From Misty on June 28, 2019 :: 8:50 pm

LG stylo4

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phone hacked

From Margret on September 09, 2019 :: 11:11 pm

With regard please.
Can you help me to know fine the line that hacked my phone number please . someone keep reading my message behide ..

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someone hacked my phonr

From Mistu on October 16, 2019 :: 9:37 pm

Someone hacked my cell phones it’s a Samsung order j3 and it’s got a password on the lock screen.or the home screen I can’t get et into nothing

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Doesn't sound like a hack

From Josh Kirschner on October 22, 2019 :: 1:12 pm

Someone hacking your phone wouldn’t (and probably couldn’t) change your lock screen password. If you can’t get past your lock screen you will need to reset your device. Here is how to reset your phone if you forget your password.

Need a really genius help... hope u can help bro

From Amit on November 18, 2019 :: 11:23 pm

Hi, i am going through a bad time… my fluency has hacked my phone and used my personal stuff to blame me and to put me down in our family. She never wanted to marry me, her family was forcing her. Now the thing is she keeps on using my personal information and keeps on bullying me.using the personal information to target me. I just want to come out of it. Guide me. Just need to make sure my phone will not be hacked again. If i can get access to her whats app and gallery is enough..

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yes my ex had hacked

From anita on February 15, 2020 :: 4:22 pm

yes my ex had hacked my phone and keep getting everything i do. even has gotten my new numbers how can i fix this

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Anita my ex is doing the same to me and she destroying my life

From Billy EICHELBERGER on August 08, 2021 :: 7:10 am

I have an iPhone 12 and my ex wife and her daughter and Her Rich swinger friends .Have remote access to my cell phone . I paid an Apple consultant. And I filmed the day of the extraction .which shows the data being extracted . At first the Apple consultant acted like he was on my side . Until I started seeing more problems . Some where me . Some I know were not me . It cost me my General Foreman spot .The strange thing is they always find me . I had 4 numbers and they changed my name to Mario Alvarez on hot spot knowing I would freak out Also she or he can read my text messages . O

Me too

From Kelli on December 05, 2021 :: 8:36 am

Right after separation my phone & email sent strange passwords changed, switched carriers, phones, changed every single password. Sadly, my daughter, my exes sister, my sons, got several of my ex bfs in on this astonishing breach of my privacy. I’ve called prosecutor but they couldn’t help bc no tangible evidence & too petty for them to investigate. It’s devastated my life & made me quite paranoid. You’re in my prayers girl.

Helpless and alone

From Alfred on April 19, 2020 :: 7:37 pm

It is a Nokia 3.1c

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Am I hacked?

From Delilah Roskosky on January 04, 2021 :: 4:54 pm

There is random videos in my cam roll from tiktok. I didn’t save them. And it says the wrong time. Say it’s 3:45 and it was saved at 4:49. And I hacked please help I am worried thank you!

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Help

From Muku on January 25, 2021 :: 5:16 am

Its gionee f10…. M from india

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My WhatsApp removes pictures and

From Mapalesa on February 01, 2022 :: 1:29 pm

My WhatsApp removes pictures and changes the WhatsApp settings yet I don’t

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Hacked

From Tina on April 14, 2022 :: 9:47 pm

My Alfred Camara was hacked in my Bedroom!!!!!!!! How do I find out who it is

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FYI

From NeilFumicelli on August 27, 2017 :: 4:39 am

I had a friend that got his phone hacked by spouse. He told her one day that he put aGPS on her phone, but he didn’t… He just wanted to make her confess where she was for the past few days, not important anymore, I hope he is doing better, he said his new phone is hacked too, but why? Who cares about his phone activities? He told me he doesn’t want to go to court with his wife because he doesn’t want to put her through anymore emotional stress. He is Happy for her and wants to do like the rest of the people who get divorced. Hopefully his wife will negotiate with him because he told me that he will rather die than walk away empty handed.

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??

From James on October 04, 2017 :: 1:06 pm

Are these people on meth? Funny… People that take “points” of meth cant even stick to the point in convo

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Reply to meth points

From Ali b on January 14, 2023 :: 9:53 am

That’s a funny comment although its true what you say. Meth life is a double edged sword in the hands of people who stay up way too long develop obsessions for gaining knowledge about every other method head around them because they’re afraid they’re cops or out to get them and the sad part is half those meth heads are hackers and using it because they are really out/to cause the other heads harm and the longer they use and obsess about a resentment or wrongdoing the more calculated and evil they are to people as well as the info they have bout the person. Many people are gang stalked and murdered by the closest people to them that get away with it because everyone turns their nose up because they say they’re just paranoid junkies when they’re telling the truth and in fear for their life and being robbed of their basic human deceency and rights to privacy and safety. 95percent of what society says is delusional paranoia is very real and its sad. Meth equals death tho and it’s just a consequence of dancing with the devil. I’ve been addicted to meth n my past and I witnessed and experienced a very dark side of society that is scarier or more terrifying than any stupid saw movie or what not. The movie “The Game’ with Michael Douglass is a mild first tier example of a day in the life of someone too deeply involved in the method game. Although the movie isn’t trying to portray that, that’s what it feels like and people are this deeply obsessed with psychological murder and trauma of other humans. Method steals every bit of love and light from the souls of what used to be such loving sweet people. The people who manufacture and pump the shit into the streets of this world need death row for selling this highly addictive poison. F#$@k dope and dope dealers. How do u sleep at night knowing ur profiting off the destruction of someone else’s quality of life. Sigh

the best

From Brian on November 01, 2018 :: 7:15 pm

These comments are awesome! I dont know if its translation issues, but they keep getting better! Keep up the fine work, Lol

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Lol..I agree 100%

From CatNthaHat on March 18, 2020 :: 9:31 am

Lol..I agree 100%

Pretty obvious

From Confused?NotMe on October 04, 2020 :: 12:52 am

Most (not all) of these submissions are from paranoid schizophrenics, who are not taking their medication as they are supposed to and their delusions are pouring over their rationality.

The legitimate ones, seem to mainly be the problem of dysfunctional relationships-allowing a bf/gf/spouse that they shouldn’t even be with, having private information that could potentially ruin them, openly handed to said partner! A phone/computer should have a secret password that is NOT shared with anyone else!!! (unless you and that someone else actually only have the one phone that you both use!!!)And with a computer, you can set up 2 totally different user accounts. Never give anyone the pw and make sure you are completely logged out so they can’t get into your account. This isn’t my site so this is all I am going to say but come on people!

I thought I was the

From ReggaeRen on January 09, 2021 :: 12:23 pm

I thought I was the only one thinkin this…finally someone else pointed it out so I knew I wasn’t alone!

I'm ready for the divorce

From Biendecarr on June 14, 2019 :: 6:56 pm

I’ve tried once to do it. I want him to be happy. Going to court will not give me anymore emotional trauma. In fact I’m soon to be locked up so that makes a divorce really easy. What do you want to walk away with?

Lily

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New phone

From Patricia White on December 03, 2017 :: 7:52 pm

My phone has been hacked into so will buying a a new phone sort the problem out

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Dumb

From Kiersten on March 16, 2021 :: 6:23 pm

They will keep hacking it even with a new phone

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help me

From lllllliiiiiiiiiiilllllyyyyyyy on January 18, 2018 :: 12:46 pm

my phone has loads of blue and yellow lines horisantal and vertical and i have to ask siri to go on a app in 11 and i really need help please reply with some segestions if i turn it off and then back on it still does not work so what shall i do

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Sounds like your screen is damaged

From Josh Kirschner on January 18, 2018 :: 1:30 pm

This sounds like a screen issue, not a hacking issue. I would take it into your local Apple store to have the display evaluated - it sounds like you may need to replace it. YOu can have it replaced at the Apple store (expensive, unless covered by warranty) or find an independent repair ship to do it.

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Help

From Tearesa Holland on March 27, 2018 :: 11:28 pm

Someone has hacked my kik account and is messaging contacts on there saying stuff I would never say

Most posts here do not make sense, beware.

From someone who cares on March 30, 2018 :: 10:37 am

most comments here do no look legit
or
people do not know how to write properly anymore
please check your grammar

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What really matters?? To u

From CatNthaHat on March 18, 2020 :: 9:39 am

What really matters?? To u anyway? I’m sure even the creator isn’t bothered as much by the use of “proper grammar” ..who really gets off putting others down at someone else’s expense

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Comments seen to not be proper english?

From Not crazy. Too SMART on May 05, 2021 :: 3:48 am

Its part of the hacking/harrassment. After you have types your comment it puppsely scrambles your spelling to make you sound illiterate.
I’ve had to go back already eh that made 7 times now. Its a new hack on phones of the AWAKENED & GANG STALKED

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True

From Tmc on August 08, 2021 :: 9:29 am

They do scramble words to make you look stupid. Scrambled and misspelled words are another sign that the writer is being hacked and gang-stalked.  Methheads do it for entertainment. Stay up all night and day for days at a time, hacking and harassing, stealing your identity, lying, cheating, stealing…...it’s all they know.  Super paranoid too.  Can’t leave home w/o their blackberry or raspberry pi phones they track you with. Fried brains.  They use directed energy weapons to beam various radio frequency waves at you and your electronic equipment too.  Big in Kansas City now.

Targeted individual

From Tina on June 06, 2018 :: 4:13 pm

U are a targeted individual.
#1rule is u must be surveillanced 24 hours 7. Days a week.they break into my home when I’m not there and install audio and cameras.i have had my food poisoned.they put something into my shampoo to make my hair fall out by the clumps.
#2 they Will contact everyone u have contact with.then they become community police.which then work for your stalkers or they send a perp to u to become friends boyfriend.
#3 they hack every phone u get through cell towers and ur Wi-Fi connections.so any time u get a new phone or phone number.they get all ur info cause u gotta connect to some Wi-Fi or the 1st call u make hits a cell tower to connect u.so my phone is hacked they can control all functions of my phone.they use it to record me wen I’m not on the phone they can record any sound in the room I’m in.and they can take pics of me through my camera on my phone.all this is done while I’m not using my phone.the use my phone to track location.they use it as a connection. To the above 2 rules.

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Help

From Debbie on October 11, 2018 :: 2:10 pm

So how do you get your phone back ? And stop them from controlling it again. I don’t have any control of my phone, they do. What can I do.

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Gangstalked in retaliation for federal w

From T Lynn on April 30, 2019 :: 1:41 am

I’ve been gangstalked since August 2013. A telephone network device was hidden under my house so all my calls were intercepted, my dog and cat were killed, my house was broken into dozens of times and vandalized to the tune of about $25,000. I’ve lost count of how many computers, cell phones and smartphones were hacked to death. I found surveillance devices in my house nearly daily and was kept isolated from everyone. Every time I left my house I came back to find something destroyed. This was and is being done because I filed and won a large class action lawsuit against United Health Care and my attorneys and I were preparing an even bigger one. I guess I’m lucky they didn’t kill me.

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They gotta track everyone w

From Doop on May 01, 2019 :: 11:54 pm

They gotta track everyone w any money at all. I think there at least use to be a limit like 10k i think it was but that was 10-15yrs ago. Some just get more attention than others is all. Still pretty rude they can n have blocked ppl from getting calls n msgs from ppl bc heck ppl die. U can miss out on alot and accuse ppl of ignoring you, lieing n picking on u by saying they called u 15x but u didnt answer when really it was just blocked against yalls knowing. W 4 towers every mile on top of hills there’s no way it could be bad reception. Buttheads! Make urselves useful to the future of america n put some crop circles in my back yard so the kids can play n maybe not have 100% chance of catching ticks and snakes. Thanks

I don't see anything relate with this topic

From Omar Aviles on December 05, 2019 :: 3:22 am

That sounds odds are u mentally ok or have neighbors that don’t get along with you cause that is vandalism it dosent have anything to do with this topic please stay the hacking talk you have diferentes problema we r talking about Mobil hacking not vandalism houses

Email me please

From Samantha Campbell on August 17, 2020 :: 9:06 am

Email me please

Dur

From Doop on May 01, 2019 :: 11:45 pm

Dont forget the hidden cams they install and move around while your not home! XD just wear a diaper and they won’t see you pew!
So rude though… They watch from the bushes but wont come help you start a lawn mower hmmm all for the show tho!
Thisplaceisazoo

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Targeted By police and security guards

From Hotbarbie on July 26, 2019 :: 11:34 pm

Hi I have the same problems and all day everyday

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Makes sense

From Targeted individual on November 10, 2019 :: 3:04 am

That explains the creep that was after me!! Good thing intuition always tells you when someone is complete evil!!!!! Repent hackers repent of your sins because we can SEE you!!!

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AMEN!!

From Sofia on August 24, 2020 :: 11:50 pm

That someone would use a site like this, take advantage of people in despair is just downright evil and there IS a price to pay!!  I wonder if these people are capable of feeling empathy at all for other people.
What a scary time we live in!

Take care guys!

I know the feeling,it's feels like your being violated

From Alez on May 28, 2021 :: 3:51 pm

I’ve been dealing with body hacked for 4 years now,my emotional an physical being feels targeted,what’s really fucked up about it is my own boyfriend of 19 years has been doing this to me.He’s been sleeping with his coworkers,ollady for 5 or 6 years now,an I could hear them telling each other they love each other.

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Stingray devices

From Tmc on August 08, 2021 :: 9:51 am

They use equipment that creates a “mock cell tower” so all your phone transactions go to/from it first.  My hacking is done by neighbors who have an elaborate set up in their basement garage.  Computer geeks who have drug histories.
They partner w police after telling them elaborate lies about you. Police believe them.  Then they try to frame you for stuff you did not do.  These gang stalkers are committing multiple serious felonies but using red herring tactics to keep the investigations on YOU instead of them.

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Help

From Malcom on February 26, 2019 :: 7:05 am

Hi my phone is being hacked help me get rid of hackers

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Kindly I suspect my phone has been hacked what do I have to do to stop it

From Winnie vennah on March 09, 2020 :: 11:51 pm

Camon 11 tecno

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My phone is hacked

From Sony on May 31, 2019 :: 3:06 pm

Hey my phone Is q mobile i5.5.anyone hacked my phone plz help me

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dont use ur husband like

From MADHUSUDHANAN G on June 18, 2019 :: 3:54 am

dont use ur husband like hair band relaease him.

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volume

From Rebecca L Murdock on August 19, 2020 :: 5:26 pm

How do I turn up the volume on my white Bluetooth ...the small white bud that goes in my ear?

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fantastic :)

From Toni Sardelic on April 07, 2021 :: 12:51 am

smile wink

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