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How to Tell if Your Phone Has Been Hacked

by on February 09, 2017
in Privacy, Phones and Mobile, Mobile Apps, Tips & How-Tos :: 213 comments

How to Tell if Your Phone Has Been Hacked

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.

From targeted breaches and vendetta-fueled snooping to opportunistic land grabs for the data of the unsuspecting, here are seven 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 possible 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.
  • Android users can download a mobile security app that will flag malicious programs. There isn’t the same type of mobile security apps for iOS, due to App Store restrictions, though Lookout Security and Sophos will alert you if your iPhone has been jailbroken.

2. Phishing by message

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

Android phones may also fall prey to messages 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.)

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.
  • 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 end up downloading an app, your Android phone should notify you. Delete the app and/or run a mobile security scan.

3. SS7 global phone network vulnerability

Nearly two years ago, it was discovered that a communication protocol for mobile networks across the world, Signalling 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. An added concern is that text message is a common means to receive two-factor authentication codes from, say, email services or financial institutions – if these are intercepted, an enterprising hacker could access protected accounts, 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

Extremely unlikely, unless you’re a political leader, CEO or other person whose communications could hold high worth for criminals. Journalists or dissidents travelling in politically restless countries may be at an elevated risk for phone tapping.

How to protect yourself

  • 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.

4. Snooping via open Wi-Fi networks

Thought that password-free Wi-Fi network with full signal bars was too good to be true? It might just be. 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. And it’s not necessarily a shifty manager of the establishment you’re frequenting. For example, someone physically across the road from a popular coffee chain 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 – including your neighbor having a laugh at your expense (you weren’t browsing NSFW websites again, were you?).

How to protect yourself

  • Only use secured networks where all traffic is encrypted by default during transmission to prevent others from snooping on your Wi-Fi signal.
  • Download a VPN app to encrypt your smartphone traffic. SurfEasy VPN (iOS, Android) provides 500MB of traffic free, after which it’s $2.99/month.
  • 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).

5. 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’re 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.

6. Malicious charging stations

Well-chosen for a time when smartphones barely last the day and Google is the main way to not get lost, this hack leverages our ubiquitous need for juicing our phone battery, malware be damned. 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 on most recent phones 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 hackers exploiting the video-out function, 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 ($6.99 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).

7. FBI’s StingRay (and other fake cellular towers)

An ongoing initiative by the FBI to tap phones in the course of criminal investigations (or indeed, peaceful protests) involves the use of 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; currently, around a dozen states outlaw the use of eavesdropping tech unless in criminal investigations, yet 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’ll be unthinkable that we ever allowed our private conversations and information to fly through the ether unprotected.

[image credit: hacker smartphone concept via BigStockPhoto]



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Stalking and Harrassment

From Marian Marcus on June 26, 2017 :: 7:16 pm

I have neighbors(husband and wife) that is stalking, threatening and harassing me in the building where I live. I feel that she has found a way to hack into my phone and track my comings and goings.

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Re:

From Karen on October 21, 2018 :: 12:03 pm

My husband recently cheated with one of his colleagues while on a work trip, I found out because he mistakenly sent me a text message that was meant for her about 2 nights before he was due to be back. My curiosity was aroused &I needed to find out the truth so I looked for a way to get into his phone trying to see all the fact I could gather before confronting him. After a few failed attempt trying to get it done on my own, I sought help &I was lucky to have found - I N C F I D E L I B U S @ G M A I L (dot) C O M

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How to stop someone spying/using our phone using up address

From Priya Sharma on July 16, 2017 :: 11:56 am

Hello there, I have a strong feeling or one can say I am 99.9% sure that my phone is being hacked/ spied, either by using my IP address (what I feel so) or by other methods. Please tell me how to know about it & how to stop them.

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Someone knows where I am and calls from that area

From Concernedbm on July 19, 2017 :: 11:28 pm

For about 1 year now, I receive calls from unknown numbers shortly after I leave an area. For instance, if I visit another city in my state, I begin receiving calls from that area. If I travel out of the state, I receive messages from that state from unknown numbers. Also, I’ve noticed that, I can discuss something over the phone or in person, and then notice ads specifically sellong what I was just discussing! What can I do to disable this? I have an iPhone 7.

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Even though I was patronized B4. I'll Say it again. Gang Stalking

From Ryan on August 05, 2017 :: 12:08 pm

Many of these posts are looking more, and more like victims of “Gang Stalking.”

If you dont know what that it. Look into it.

Look at my other replies also.

Our tax dollars at work. The intelligence community, working hand in hand with the occult, street gangs, Outlaw Bikers, Satanists, etc. To drive the people they decide to target to suicide.
Look into it. It sux, and its real. Dont succumb to the BS

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How to tell if your phones been hacked

From Jayne Turner on December 06, 2017 :: 9:49 am

I believe i am a TI.
I believe my phone is being redirected
I believe in what you are saying.

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Hacked

From Georgette Romero on August 09, 2017 :: 4:03 pm

I need to know if my phone was hacked I went on musicallys and I can’t see any of my videos

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My sumsung 4g phone has

From Kenny on August 17, 2017 :: 3:13 am

My sumsung 4g phone has been hacked someone can see my watsap convesations can tou please help me

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May be an insecure password rather than hacking

From Josh Kirschner on August 22, 2017 :: 12:38 pm

Not clear how you know someone can see your conversations via your phone (versus reading the conversation on the other end), but it’s possible they may be able to access your account because they know or have guessed your WhatsApp password. Changing that to something more secure may resolve the issue. If you really think it’s hacking, we provide advice above on how to handle it.

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My phone is being hacked by my boyfriend

From Vicki Matthews on August 22, 2017 :: 12:33 am

I need help to hack my boyfriend’s phone while he is hacking mine

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help....something doesn't ad up

From sarah on August 27, 2017 :: 5:40 pm

i need some help….my husband was in chicago for business…i opened his email trash and there was an email from him to a craigslist email address. HE swears that he did not send it and that his phone must have been hacked but it was one email…not a bunch of emails like spam normally does. The email also has details of what town he was in at the time. i think he is lying because i have never heard of anything like this before….has anyone hear heard of anything like this or am i being stupid and know that he cheated….

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It doesn't sound good...

From Josh Kirschner on August 28, 2017 :: 1:24 pm

Barring the situation of someone close enough to him to know his login information and his location details while on the trip, and then responding as a joke to a Craigslist email, it doesn’t sound like a hacking situation. Does the content of the email give you any further information?

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Help

From Vicki Matthews on August 31, 2017 :: 10:10 pm

I wished I could hack my boyfriend’s phone sence he hacked my phone

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Help

From Christopher Meeks on September 19, 2017 :: 4:33 am

My phone galaxy s7 active has been hacked multiple times apparently I’m not tech savvy. My bank acct Facebook messages hv all been effected I really need some help with this plz it’s wrecking my life

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Phone hacked

From Unknown on September 24, 2017 :: 1:58 pm

Hi..I have a strong feeling that my phone is been hacked and messages on my iPhone6 including whats app messages can be read by third party.
My Facebook/Linkedin accounts are also compromised.
Please help.

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Help

From JO on October 04, 2017 :: 12:03 pm

Hi, im 52 married 29 years housewife. I have worked all my life caring for others. Seven years ago i had to have knee surgery. I havnt been same since. My husband has taken over everything. He pays all bills, i take care of him. I fix his plates. I evencutthe crust offhis bread like he likes. Slowly over the last seven years he has managed to put everything in his name. All bank accounts. Cars. I never thought twice about it. Then two years agomy world as i know it started to crumble. Onmy 50th birthday a girl left a message on my husbands phone. It said ( hi hunny its millisa give me a call when u get this). My husbands voice mail clearly says hi youve reached ******* ******** glad to hear frm you leave a message ill get back to you. He said she just got wrong num. So i let it go. Then i was using his phone to call my sister and i noticed under recently sent emojis there was a heart made out of puppy dogs and kisses. He didnt send it to me. That night he got on his phone started removing apps. He said he removed them soi wouldnt be upset when he didnt do anything. Then i was taking a bath my phone went off i seen i had a email. It was from my husband who was in. The same house that said i think im falling in love. My heart stopped. I knew something wasnt right. I kept quiet just started looking through things. There was an email sent to his phone that said your sec email address is now ready. But with all that said one day i got on my laptop and a bunch of stuff wasnt right. There was snapchat and others i have never in my life used. He started getting meaner saying i was crazy. I had altimerz. Trying to convince my family and friends i was crazy. But i kept noticing all this stuff. And i felt it in my stomach somethings not right. To this day he says its me being parniod not him. So…..i decided to get a new phone. Ive taken out anything electronic in our house. Lol hes not so happy about that one. I had the phone place set my phone up. I had my sister make me a new email from her house. And thought oknow i can relax. Ha!!!! One day last week i noticed my gmail kept saying somthing was wrong conneting to my playstore. I was puzzled but thought im not gonna do this again. Then the next day i relized (somebody) were the only two in the house. Had went into my new phone changed my email address by a few numbers so i didnt notice. But i had it all wrote down what the man had in my phone.So i took it down there the email they orinanally made said didnt exsist. So we tried to open it back up since it was still in time and i swear it accually said sending a email to reopen to another email in yahoo but they put it undet my name. Of coarse i couldnt get into it cuz i didnt make it and it was hooked to a weird phone number. So thwy fixed my phone reset it with a new email. Put a pass code on it. But now im finding weird apps runnning that i dont understand. I dont know if there supposed tobe there or if its a spyware. Im so tired and cofused. Do you know how i can tell whitch apps are supposed to be there? The more i read the more confused i get. Any help at all i greatly am thankful.

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Im going through the same exact thing

From Angelica on November 12, 2017 :: 9:53 pm

Ive been in your same situation for almost four years. My man went as far to say i had something mentally wrong. Telling my family and friends and literally was taken to a mental hostipal to stay for obversation for a week. My life hasnt ever been the same since.

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I would like to meet others in my situation

From Laura on January 02, 2018 :: 11:55 am

I’ve had all the above and some I went to 5 different police stations and contacted police some days 10 times in 24 hours police did not help told me to get my head checked just like my ex was saying to me I’ve been trying to get rid of this guy for years now docs asked this of me after police laughing at me I ended up with charges after a year of constant abuse then they would come to my house because my ex would ring and say I’m suicidal no one is listening still my family days why is he still here Laura his the only one helping you lol fuck this need to meet up with all victims and share our stories I live in Penrith. Let’s stop this once and for all

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Some is using my mobile

From Dot Franklin on October 04, 2017 :: 4:53 pm

Some is using my mobile number to make up a Facebook account and messaging people from my Facebook someone realised that the person wasn’t me and tried ringing the person on messanger it rung my phone how can this hapen

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Home camera system pnone every thing +followed 24_7

From Tu padre on October 10, 2017 :: 1:31 pm

My home my phone everything is being hacked I am being followed 24/7 they are ruining my life what’s left of it anyway motels police can’t getting help from police when my cars are getting broken into I am constantly running away cuz it’s regular cars just tired of all this. Is there anything I can do?

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??

From Google sendee on November 30, 2017 :: 12:56 pm

Why are you running by a gun and walk around with that shit seriously i bet they quit fucking with you

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This does happen to other people WOW

From Laura on January 02, 2018 :: 11:58 am

Let’s meet I think it’s important I’ve felt isolated for to long now we need to get all victims together and get something done my name is Laura gwilliam I live in Penrith

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Gang stalking

From Crystal on October 11, 2017 :: 9:23 am

Feel me in a lil more regarding this subjuct. Actions that cant be taken to be aware of when this is being done and ways to prevent it. Even better, how can u find out where or who these actions are coming from.
Thanks

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Every time I leave the

From Tupadre on October 11, 2017 :: 11:34 am

Every time I leave the house I’m driving They are next to me in the highway Cutting me off are doing something to make me mad And start driving like a lunatic

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Obsessive neighbors illeglly watching family remotely

From Jay on October 12, 2017 :: 12:19 pm

Hi,
Do anyone know how a hacker can hack into a phone or car? Also, can you provide some help to remove them?
I lived in Orlando FL and I am being harassed by my neighbors.  I moved out of the development because it was highly suggested by the Orlando Police department so I can have sanity and sense of security.  I lived on the first floor and they were above me.  I noticed I was being watched as they would repeat my locations in the apartment. Its was really weird but I wanted to make sure I was able to prove I was being illegally watched before I reported it to the development Director.  I took a piece of paper and a black marker and wrote “STOP WATCHING ME ITS CREEPY AND ILLEGAL”  AND I was RIGHT.  They read the note out loud and instantly got angry!! Its really scary because they are able to see and hear what is going on in my life and now have included my sister into this circus.

They are very comfortable invading our privacy.  They are monitoring my sister private moments as well as mine i.e shower, car, phones, location etc… I called the Orlando Police Department and they came out to the apartment and we met with the Director at the apartment.  They were able to tell me where exactly I am, for example I drove to GA during the storm and they were able to say out loud “The B is in GA”!! Discussed personal picture on my sister phone, able to see her in the shower as well as me and on a daily basis saying out loud on a daily basis they are going to drive to my new address (which I moved to another city 2.5 hours away) and shoot my sister in the face and shoot me in the head.

Its very creepy and weird. I am a firm believer, this not the first time they have harassed someone.  There is not sense of fear. I would turn my phone off and hide it under the pillow and they would say out loud “she can hide her phone but WE CAN STILL SEE HER”!! They are going above and beyond to harass me and they are obsessed and this is VERY SCARY! Has anyone experienced this type of obsessive, stalking?

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Spyware on my Gmail?

From Jackie on December 03, 2017 :: 7:08 am

Hi
I have 2 questions
First I have an issue with my Gmail account. Emails to certain people have a delay while typing.  So for example when I hit the key the letter appears a second or 2 later.

The other question involves Facebook. I believe that someone has created 2 seperated fb profiles using the same gmail address. I became aware of one of the profiles because it appeared to be impersonating a person I know. I didn’t send a friend request, but I was monitoring the profile. The issue occurred when I accepted the friend request for the other page. As soon as I did that then the links to both pages stopped working. Links appeared but when clicked on I received a screen which said that a mistake had occurred, and the oage could not be displayed. Both oage have similar contact info. /John. Doe.5 Any ideas what is going on?

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Has my phone been hackex into also is it tapped?

From Wendy Mathews on October 12, 2017 :: 9:13 pm

I have a very violent x friend that told me he knows a hacker and had him hack into my phone can you help me find out? Also i would like to k ow if my phone is tapped. Is there a lagitamet app that really works letting you know someones location if ur scared of them for your own protection? Please help.

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iPhone or Android?

From Josh Kirschner on October 20, 2017 :: 9:16 am

If you have an Android phone, you can install Lookout Security and it should uncover most generally available spyware. If you want to be extra sure, factory reset your device.

There is no hacking detection software for iPhone. However, Lookout will tell you if your iPhone has been jailbroken. It’s much harder (though not impossible) to install spyware on an iPhone without jailbreaking.

Even if your phone has not been compromised, you can learn quite a bit if you have access to someone’s iCloud or Google account. So make sure you have a very secure password for those accounts that no one else knows and isn’t shared with other accounts.

And no, there isn’t a legitimate way of tracking someone else’s device location without their permission - that would be you hacking them.

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My telegram been hacked

From Sasan shakouri on October 16, 2017 :: 8:32 pm

My phone is samsung s8 and i thought ihad enough security in telegram atleast . Can any one say what can i do ?  I think whoke phone is hacked and i must say i live in iran for now and i use psiphone

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Is my phone hacked it's acting funny

From Xavier on November 01, 2017 :: 8:55 pm

I have a galaxy s3 it has no SIM and I use it as an ipod it’s also rooted. Awhile back my notification bar at the top would just change to Arabic, my time would disappear and just show huge Arabic letters and every here and there it would be a different icon like the WiFi or anything else and I would just ignore it but this time when I was leaving facebook my whole screen went out and came back it wasn’t like a black screen but kind of a border on it I have been looking around for the arabic letters to see if anyone else would have a similar problem but nothing can someone here help I have screenshots of the letters thing

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assertion of 10-15 years to crack cellphone encryption is based on computational feasibility

From thinkerly on November 04, 2017 :: 1:29 pm

Assertion of 10-15 years to crack cellphone encryption is based on computational feasibility. This assertion does not take into account possible protocol implementation errors and designed-in vulnerabilities, nor does it account for the unknown capacity for computation, especially quantum computing.

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It will keep happening

From RaiderGirl Lisa on November 14, 2017 :: 3:49 am

It’s happening to me as we speak n I have an iphone

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Someone hacked my cell phone

From Faizan on November 25, 2017 :: 7:55 pm

Someone hacked my cell phone even home and car

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I think my phone h'been

From bhargavi prabhakaran on November 26, 2017 :: 12:55 pm

I think my phone h’been hacked , whenever I tried to call some one firstly it is coming like engage ,data is getting over very fast and now my music app playing songs automatically and increasing and decreasing volume by its own.how it’s hacked r not how to find . please help me to find

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Haced my phone

From Mathan on November 29, 2017 :: 9:35 am

Hello sir, I am Mathan. I think someone
else hacked my phone. I doubt it.please
Help me.How do find?

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Follow our advice above

From Josh Kirschner on November 29, 2017 :: 9:41 am

You don’t say why you think someone hacked your phone, but if that is your concern, you can start by following our advice above.

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Gratitude

From Alan on December 03, 2017 :: 9:44 am

Natasha Stokes I love u

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Could there be Spyware on my email?

From Jackie on December 03, 2017 :: 1:38 pm

Hi Josh
I wrote the above comment. I apologize for the typos, which occurred because when I entered my Gmail address in the comment reply field, once again I had the extremely frustrating slow-down problem.The response to my key strokes at those times is so slow I can barely type. Ahhhhh!!!! I suspect it is some type of Spyware used to monitor those particular emails. The battery will drain very quickly at those times as well. Right now I am able to type normally, as i have left the email field blank right now.

To explain my situation further, I have been harassed for about 3 years. I had presumed that the people doing it were a small group who had a personal vendetta against me, but recently I discovered there was a connection to a cult group called NXIVM. This grouo is currently under criminal investigation. Check out the news stories- they are a scary bunch ogmf people. I’ve never been a member of this group, but I knew someone who was involved with them, and I believe I was targeted by them because of this.

The Facebook issue I mention is also connected,  as the person who sent the friend request apparently works for Nxivm, and the other fake page was made in the name of another victim of their harassment. If you have any ideas what I should do, I would appreciate it.

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Did you follow the steps above?

From Josh Kirschner on December 03, 2017 :: 3:31 pm

Slow response to keystrokes likely means some other program is running in the background that is taking up your phone’s resources. It could be spyware, but it could be something else, as well. And it wouldn’t surprise me to see this on an older device or if you haven’t restarted your phone for some time.

Since you are concerned about spyware, did you follow our advice above and download Lookout or another security app to do a scan? If it doesn’t find anything, then I would do a factory data reset and then only re-install those apps you really need and see if that resolves the issue.

As for Facebook, you can only set up one account on Facebook for a given email address. However, it’s not uncommon for people to set up fake profiles for various scammy reasons. I’ve seen this numerous times with my friends. Once Facebook is notified of the fake account, they’ll take it down, which may be why you saw it disappear.

I’ve read about Nxivm before, but it’s probably a stretch, at this point, to assume they’re connected with your issues. Especially, since you haven’t even determined if there is spyware on your phone, yet.

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Gmail can be used to make multiple fb profiles

From Jackie on December 03, 2017 :: 11:21 pm

Josh
You can apparently make 2 fb profile pages using the same gmail address. I didn’t know this either,and I only found this out after this strange occurrence with the fb profiles, and I started trying to find out how it happened. I know that the older of the 2 accounts was definitely created with a Gmail address.

You didn’t understand what happened with the fb profiles.  Sorry. I will explain it in more detail. The account did NOT disappear. It’s still there. BTW, Facebook will only remove a fake account if a certain number of people complain about it. I think its 20 people.

This fake account was made to impersonate an old friend. I was monitoring the account to see if anything was posted on it (nothing ever was besides the initial picture )I knew the profile was fake, but I didn’t know it was connected in any way to this other profile. I sent a friend request to the real account. This person accepted the request. Immediately upon accepting the request,  both fb pages in question stopped functioning normally. The pages did not dissappear. What happened was that when I clicked on the link to either page,  the page did not open. Instead, I got a screen saying there was some type of error. All other fb profiles were normal. Only these 2 behaved like this.

I then asked the owner of the first page to unfriend me, which he did. When he unfriended my page, both pages returned to normal. So there is very definitely a link between the 2 pages. Both pages have similar contact info,too. For example one page is:
/John.Doe.5 and the other is
/Bob.Smith.5
So both addresses end in a 5. I checked many other pages and couldn’t see any others that happened to end in a 5.

And yes, you really can make 2 pages from one gmail. Look it up. Gmail will allow you to do this when you add a dot somewhere on the address.

The keystroke problem only happens in certain situations…one situation being while I type emails to the person who has the fb account in question.

These people are definitely involved with NXIVM. I am not connected myself. NXIVM is well known for stalking, harassing and hacking anyone they take issue with. The Bronfman sisters even put Spyware on their own fathers computer. This information is true, and you can look it up if you don’t believe me.

Sorry if I sound a little defensive. I have been harassed for 3 years. This has included many death threats, weird pranks, and also property vandalism.

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Let's tackle one thing at a time

From Josh Kirschner on December 04, 2017 :: 2:04 am

Run Lookout on your phone and see what, if anything, it finds. If nothing, do a factory reset on your phone (make sure all your photos, contacts, calendar, etc. are backed up first) and see if that resolves your keystroke problem.

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Multiple Facebook accounts on 1 gmail

From Karilee Anderson on March 19, 2018 :: 12:47 am

Josh;
When I first set uo my Facebook account,I was unaware that my sister was also helping me set up an account? I ended up with twi accounts that were separated by friend requests and pictures, yet both accounts had the same password? I couldnt combune then ir delete one witgout deleting both? I kept sending help messages snd got no reply? I was switching back and forth and got so frustrated with the whoke mess I stopped using facebook for a couple of years until the end of 2014. All of a sudden everything combined where both accounts were identical so it didn’t matter anymore? Either someone noticed at Facebook and fixed it, or there’s still the second acct., but being identical, I can’t tell the difference? LOL

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@ Jackie Regarding NXIVM

From Ryan on December 04, 2017 :: 10:16 am

Thanks for posting this. I have been pretty active on this and a related thread. I was telling some of the people that their issues appeared to be Gang Stalking. I have been a victim of it for quite some time. It really got bad when I started dating a woman that claimed to also be a victim of it. Which I saw evidence of every time I went anywhere with her. Interestingly enough, while working on her phone to try to clean any spyware off of it. I noticed the primary email address registered on it was not a normal email address. It was one related to this or a similar Cult/Group that was based in empowerment. Looking into this group really kinda clears a lot of this up.  This group is never going to be taken down by the courts.It’s almost surely be a front for the intelligence community.

Anyone notice how many more of these hacking reports are coming into this thread not that Trump handed a certain space agency 91 Billion a couple weeks ago?  And hey as a bonus. Chemtrails are flying high again now too. Thanks Masa I mean Nasa

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@ Jackie Gmail Lag.

From Ryan on December 06, 2017 :: 4:51 pm

Hey, I get the exact same thing. You type in your gmail, and or google search box and the letters populate in a delayed manner.Also you’ll hear your sound split, or break up when clicking on new tabs, or refreshing a web page.  Try running NetAdapterRepair Google it, download it, and click on repair all, and run it.If it hangs on a particular repair, omit that repair and run it again. Then reboot. Also try downloading RogueKiller to check for any spyware. It works really well. You can also download a program called Rkill, and run it any time you think something may be running on your system. It is a quick ac ting program that runs and instantly kills any spyware processes.  This is all for PC by the everyone. Not for your phones. But in my experience they usually hit both. If you want to see how coordinated it is. I can probably bet you that you also receive tons of spam phone calls on your LandLine, and/or Cell phone daily. Always a different number, but seemingly the same people, or no one on the line. Now try going on 800 notes and mentioning the correlation between one of the numbers that are spamming you, and possible gangstalking. Watch how fast they delete your post, and ridicule, or ban you.  Hope this helps some of you.  You know the FBI doesn’t call a T.I. a Targeted Individual in their internal documents. They refer to TI’s as Empowered Individuals. If you’re targeted, you’re probably a good person. Know that, and hang in there. Your purpose in this life will come to you.  I go through this life literally being made to feel as if I will be murdered at almost any waking moment. Kept constantly on edge, and not allowed to sleep for any sustaining period of time. But I’m still here. 

Matthew 10:22
You will be hated by everyone on account of My name, but the one who perseveres to the end will be saved.


Ned Flanders you are not, but you were never expected to be.

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Who are these people..

From K. From Cali. on March 19, 2018 :: 12:56 am

Who are NXIVM? Afraid to look it up? And is it spoken; ” NX 4 M”? And if you weren’t associated with their group, why would they target you? Is this about Gaming?

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More info regarding my Spyware and fb question

From Jackie on December 04, 2017 :: 12:00 am

Josh
The phone is about 1.5 years old.  It’s a galaxy…can’t remember which model.

It is shut down and restarted every once in a while.  I have removed all unused apps and files to free up space.

I have not run a security scan.

The phone also goes thru periods of extreme battery drain. It’s not doing that so much currently, but of course the battery is not as good as it was when the phone was brand new.

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Regarding the Spyware and fb issue

From Jackie on December 04, 2017 :: 4:36 am

Thanks Josh
I am trying more to find out how to confirm if this is hacking by Spyware, as i want evidence to press charges. After seeing this weird thing happen with the Facebook account, I am really convinced this guy is a liar and a criminal, and that he created this fake fb page impersonating my friend in an attempt to cover up some type of criminal activity. Especially as this fake page was created a few hours after I talked to a another victim of this guy, and she posted some info about this on her IG page.The timing of this really made me suspicious, as I’m sure he must have seen the IG post, which in itself has some very nefarious implications. 

There is a very, very long story with all this. Currently I’m not getting much help from the police,(who seem to think the answer to my problem is just to block people) instead of investigating why these people have gone to all this effort to hack me and harass me.

So if this sounds like it is possible Spyware, I want to be able to prove it’s this guy who has installed it, not necessarily uninstall it.

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Proving who installed spyware will be very difficult

From Josh Kirschner on December 04, 2017 :: 1:38 pm

You could take your phone to a specialist for forensic analysis, but this will be very expensive and, even if they discovered spyware, it would be very difficult to prove how the spyware got on the phone. And that’s a lot of investment when there’s not even strong evidence that you might have spyware.

If you run Lookout, it will detect spyware and give you the option to remove it (or not). And at least you’ll know what you’re dealing with. Though, again, proving who put it there will be very difficult.

I’ll be frank, I really don’t follow what you’re describing with the Facebook issue. But since nothing has happened beyond seeing two Facebook profiles out there, I really wouldn’t spend time worrying about it. Focus on getting peace of mind with your spyware question, first.

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Regarding the Spyware and fb issue

From Jackie on December 05, 2017 :: 4:46 am

Thanks Josh
I am just trying to figure out what is going on and if it’s possible to prove anything legally.

I know it’s hard to understand my questions about the fb accounts.
The reason I think the fb thing could be important is because I suspect the person who installed the Spyware is also the same person who made the fake profile in a friend’s name.

I’ll give you a bit more info, in case someone else has any ideas how this occurred. So…. I was contacted by email bY person A. This is where I noticed the keystroke issues, and I suspected A had installed Spyware,as the problem occurred only while typing emails to him. Since I had been harassed for some time already, I suspected that “A” was connected to these other harassers.

Meanwhile,I noticed that a fake facebook profile had been opened in the name of a friend, B. B had also been harassed by the people who had harassed me.

I was suspicious of A and wondered why he was emailing me, and I decided to send him a fb friend request to see if he would accept, which he did. After A accepted the request, the link to his FB profile appearred on my friends list, but when I clicked on the link, the page couldn’t be opened, and I received an error message. I wondered what was going on, and I tried looking at other fb profiles to see if the same thing happened on any other profile.

What I found was that the only other fb profile where this same thing occurred was the fake profile for B.

I then asked A to unfriend me, and when he did that ,both profile pages, for A and for B, began to function normally again.

This concerns me because if Spyware has been installed to spy on my Gmail address, this same Gmail address is the one I used to open the fb profile that sent the friend request to A.

So if this Spyware is screwing up my Gmail account, I think it could also screw up my fb profile which was created using that Gmail. Thats Just a guess, but it seems like a possible answer to why “A’s” fb profile was not able to properly connect to my fb profile when I friended him.

*******
RYAN: Yes, these groups are all different factions of organized crime, and they are often connected to each other and to Intelligence groups. Presently, European Intel is out of control…these groups all have access to sophisticated hacking equipment. So if there seems to be increased reports of hacking by gangstalkers (more aptly called the crime cartel) i wouldnt be surprised.
Of course we can’t stop them all, but I just want to be able to stop at least this small group, if I can. If we do nothing at all, then we really are screwed.

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Please,Help me Someone.

From Manju Manju on December 05, 2017 :: 3:17 pm

Today,I have used an app on my android phone"Samsung j7 Nxt” called “Free spyware and malware
remover”,then it’s detected something called “mspy”,
And said to remove from my android device.
I have no idea what it is,from where it is came and who had done this.
i want to know,who is this people.
So, I kindly request all the people here that please
help me to find him/her.
or may be else.
please tell me what i can do for this?

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That's not good

From Josh Kirschner on December 06, 2017 :: 2:04 pm

First of all, I’m not familiar with the antimalware app you’re using (using generic security apps is not a good ideas). You should download Lookout Security or another well-know security providers app and run the scan again to see if it detects mSpy.

If it does, that’s not a good thing. mSpy is a very intrusive spyware program that can reveal almost everything personal on your phone to whomever is using it to spy on you. It’s also important to note that installing MSpy requires someone to have physical access to your phone, so it is often someone you know who put it there.

Unfortunately, finding out who put it there is very difficult. There’s no way to do it yourself. It’s possible paying a forensic analyst may help you gather more information about when it happened, but it won’t be cheap, and still may not reveal much. If there is a crime involved, then the police theoretically could get a warrant and serve it to mSpy to see who registered the corresponding account, though I think the likelihood of that is low.

Your best bet is to remove the spyware and put a lock code on your device that would prevent anyone from getting in to install spyware again in the future.

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