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How to Tell if Your Phone Has Been Hacked

by on May 28, 2020
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From email to banking, our smartphones are the main hub of our online lives. No wonder that smartphones rival computers as common targets for online hackers. And despite the efforts of Google and Apple, mobile malware continues to land in official app stores – and these malicious apps are getting sneakier. According to the McAfee 2020 Mobile Threat Report, over half of mobile malware apps “hide” on a device, without a homescreen icon, hijacking the device to serve unwanted ads, post bogus reviews, or steal information that can be sold or used to hold victims to ransom.

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

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

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

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

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

6 Signs your phone may have been hacked

1. Noticeable decrease in battery life

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

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

2. Sluggish performance

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

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

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

3. High data usage

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

4. Outgoing calls or texts you didn’t send

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

5. Mystery pop-ups

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

6. Unusual activity on any accounts linked to the device

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

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

What to do if your phone is hacked

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

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

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

Who would hack your phone?

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

12 ways your phone can be hacked

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

1. Spy apps

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

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

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


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

How to protect yourself

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

2. Phishing messages

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

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

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

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

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


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

How to protect yourself

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

3. Unauthorized access to iCloud or Google account

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

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

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

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


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

How to protect yourself

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

4. Bluetooth hacking

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

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


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

How to protect yourself

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

5. SIM swapping

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

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


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

How to protect yourself

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

6. Hacked phone camera

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


Less prevalent than computer webcam hacks.

How to protect yourself

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

7. Apps that over-request permissions

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

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

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


Over-requesting permissions happens commonly, Galov says.

How to protect yourself

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

8. Snooping via open Wi-Fi networks

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


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

How to protect yourself

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

9. Apps with weak encryption

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


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

How to protect yourself

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

10. SS7 global phone network vulnerability

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

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

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

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


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

How to protect yourself

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

11. Malicious charging stations

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

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

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


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

How to protect yourself

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

12. Fake cellular towers, like FBI’s Stingray

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

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

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

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


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

How to protect yourself

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

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

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

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

[image credit: hacker smartphone concept via BigStockPhoto]

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

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Don't believe

From Stucknmal on April 22, 2017 :: 5:36 pm

I have used every anti Mal were app there is and never done nothing for me it is my beliefs that at one time is how they were accessing my account I’ve tried everything I could come up with and followed all the flashing and shaking things on the screen to mostly be hacked deeper and I’m lost and don’t care any more and anytime I ever tried to track someone it has never worked out for me r my phone flips out r something but every thing says the same thing and nothing works for me but if anyone knows something I don’t please fill me in cause I’m stuck I gang??? Can’t remember but I’m stuck and every playing game and trying to ruin ur life well I’m not playing anymore just waiting for a slip then it will be my time to shine thanks and he fun til the slip


You poor thing, give up!

From Barry Goss on July 24, 2020 :: 5:54 am

My ex has had me under surveillance for years, even the crappy Nokia phones of old he could back.
I hope you get to my stage & simply give up, don’t care, I know he knows every word I say, everything I do & even my thoughts after finding my journal, I just accept it & say “What are you going to do with this information/knowledge etc” yes I do have a right to privacy, not according to his law which I have to follow, it’s not weak it’s about doing what you have to do to keep the peace, to keep my children, there is nothing more important.
Start writing him messages through channels he uses, like the address autofill forms he would use, I went to town & wrote fucken 20 years of grief down, he couldn’t tell me to shut the fuck up! Then a friend said to me “he will never set you free, you need to set yourself free”
Such wise words I have lived by & it’s helping me heal, I sent him one last message to say “You win, I can’t beat you, get justice, apologies, explanation none of that will happen, so I’m free, it’s a psychological state, fuck him, fuck dominating, controlling abusive weak fucks, enjoy yourself, do online dating & be a slut online, really piss him off! It can turn into fun for you.
Don’t let the GASLIGHTER win!


So many creepers

From Tamara M on August 07, 2021 :: 8:48 pm

I know exactly what you mean.  There is a big gang of arrogant assholes here in kc and these stupid f*ckers are even teaching their kids to grow up just like them.  Women have joined the mix too.  What a huge waste of their life.  The group is very, very big, and the majority of these pervertcreeps are in their 30s, stealing identities.  Mommy and Daddy taught them how to do it.


So many creepers

From Tmc on August 07, 2021 :: 9:01 pm

A big gang of businessmen started this crap in kc, and they are teaching their kids to be psycho creeps just like them.  Even women are getting in on this loser activity now.  A majority of these perverts are in their 30s, and they are teaching their loser friends and kids how to hack and steal identities, cars, hack video cameras, hack security systems,  become career criminals like they are.  Cops won’t do a thing to stop it.  Never investigate a thing.  Great big thug ring of these creeps in South Lees Summit Missouri and the gang keeps growing because law enforcement won’t do a thing to investigate.  These creeps are doing this sh*t right in respectable suburban neighborhoods.  Your creepy ex may be in a gang like this too.  Business buddies.



From So go on December 28, 2022 :: 10:34 am

Some periods for you.  Help yourself.


Google instant app

From pocha on May 28, 2017 :: 11:05 pm

I do not want google instant app on my phone but someone keeps downloading it on here.I uninstall it but they put it right back on here. Who and why would they be doing this


iPhone 7 plus have been hacked

From Jemma on May 31, 2017 :: 2:58 pm

Both of my iPhone 7 plus have been “hacked” because the hackers manage to repeat all my activities via phone in-front of me. Example repeat the WhatsApp text message, whatsapp call conversation. We chat text message, and even to record the life conversation. The hackers donor have chances to touch my IPhone but they just know my Apple ID and contact number. However I have changed my Apple ID and contact number but they still manage to listen to my daily conversation with others. Please help….


How do they do it

From Melisa on June 11, 2017 :: 2:00 am

Me too, the hackers have never physically held my device yet they repeat my whatsapp conversations and know my phone conversations, and they know exactly where I am and sometimes they know what ive said at certain times perhaps from the tracking the microphone.  this is an iPhone 6s how do they do it


Is someone hacking into my phone

From Vicky on August 21, 2017 :: 6:26 pm

I have a iPhone 5s and recently I never pick up missed calls or messages an even voice messages I have never had a problem before as I have had a iPhone 4 before this is really frustrating as friends and family have told me they have tried to contact me please could you advise me


Doesn't sound like hacking

From Josh Kirschner on August 22, 2017 :: 11:35 am

This sounds like some sort of technical issue outside of hacking. You can try resetting your iPhone to see if that fixes the issue or take it to a local Genius Bar to have them take a look.


Question: please help!

From Shauntay on June 03, 2018 :: 12:22 am

I think my iPhone is hacked. I have been in the middle of a conversation on my iMessage app, and I can visually see my phone typing on it’s own without me even touching any buttons and I have sat there on several occasions and witnessed the hacker able to pretend to be a sender that I know and then respond back literally from my phone while I’m in the middle of responding back to that person.  How many times do I have to factory reset my phone to get rid of this issue? I’m seriously thinking of changing everything including my email and phone number and iCloud account ID just to get rid of this problem. What do you think I need to do instead of going through something as extreme as this?

iPhone hack

From Emma on January 08, 2018 :: 11:45 am

Hi Jemma

I have same issue all my devices are hacked and the hacker and some people follow everywhere I go.Have you got any help?They even on kids phones


Hacked and followed

From Debbie on March 29, 2018 :: 6:00 pm

It’s called gang stalking. Don’t know who does it but it’s a round the world thing that only happens to targeted individuals. you can make it difficult for them or almost impossible if you want to put in lots work and effort. Don’t think they are using the average apps but another device. Get another phone, do not call anyone you have previously, don’t give your number out to the public and if at home take the battery out if you can. They listen in your conservation’s and can track even with the phone off unless the battery is dead or not on. It does get worse..things unbelievable to general public as they use advance technology or doing stuff like replacing your dish washer with one that does not work and isn’t even the same model. Get bumper proof locks if you can.


It doesn't matter if u

From Tina on June 06, 2018 :: 4:25 pm

It doesn’t matter if u get a new phone number or phone .I am also a targeted individual. They get all ur new info through cell towers and Wi-Fi connections. And now they have these new towers that can hack ANYTHING they want through ur electronic devices.everything needs a connection

Me too makes 3 girl targets. The followers I’ve seen all men

From Sue on July 22, 2018 :: 7:09 am

Hacked & passwords changed so often I no longer have a functioning email account or any social media. Can’t share info, crowdfund or pay bills online…phone a joke, fwding to unknown number, screen froze when given to virus removal kiosk. Theyre able to get into houses, stolen usbs, portable hardIve ..  & weird things.. tea towels, sunblock… the ones following hide their faces . I saw one with a device that popped locks on neighbours gates

Not giving up

From Mr. Pissed off on May 05, 2019 :: 11:36 pm

2010 Best buy told me that my laptop was hack and it happen 2006, it’s not my email it’s my name. I used T-Mobile. It been hell and got worst. I even went to Apple and the problem followed. There was weird shit got on with T-Mobile employees. And it feel as if it same at Apple.don’t give up. This thing is happening all over the world. I file police report, FBI reports. It BS. Man and man I’m still dealing with it.


We can help you

From Paul on June 09, 2019 :: 3:55 pm

We can. Help you



From Tired of the BS on June 23, 2019 :: 1:20 pm

How can you help?


From Aleina on July 08, 2019 :: 9:25 pm

How can you help?


From Aleina on July 08, 2019 :: 9:28 pm

Who is “we” and how can you help?

Mitochondrial Eve

From Hotbarbie on July 22, 2019 :: 10:58 am

Are you able to help

Fake iPhone charger

From Steven C on September 02, 2021 :: 1:17 pm

Hello, someone slipped a fake iPhone charger into my house and I used it thinking it was my girlfriends. Please help

ID theft via phone

From Leo on June 07, 2017 :: 1:49 am

My I phone 6 was hacked five years ago for the past five years I have had to rebuild my identity. The worst part is that this has cost me to loose work and has hindered me finding work. As they stole my resume. Is there anything I can do to regain my life back?


Hacked phone??

From Amanda on June 15, 2017 :: 2:32 pm

I got some inappropriate texts from my father in law, sexual in nature.  When I showed my husband,  he denied sending them and claims his phone was hacked.  My question is, could a phone be hacked to send these messages?  Nobody else got ANY messages,  nothing else was disrupted either.  Could this even happen??

Thank you!!


Phone hacked

From Jamme on June 22, 2017 :: 1:11 pm

I am in a similar boat.  I noticed odd numbers on my phone bill connected to my husbands phone, when i google the numbers that text messages were exchanged with they are to escort services and things of the like.  He denies ever sending texts to these numbers and no one else I know of has EVER had this issue.  A similar thing happened 6 years ago and a year after that.  And when I go back in the phone records, I can see the last 5-6 months that this has happened.



From Xfactor on November 30, 2018 :: 3:33 am

Your husband has a secret life that he is not telling you about. He is being inauthentic / dishonest with you. You are not being hacked.



From Noneovyour Bizniz on June 14, 2020 :: 12:01 pm

Idiots like you who make assumptions like that end up destroying other people’s relationships. Dickhead.

Hacked Phone

From Javier Pagan on May 17, 2019 :: 9:51 am

Hello I’m in that type of situation right now a few persons that I know are acussing me that u been sending a lot of text message with information that i have on a diary on my phone.


Fuck u

From Stupidphucker. on December 13, 2022 :: 11:41 pm

The malicious message sender turned from father in law to husband you worthless pos liar. Have a nice day.


Please tell me if m

From facebook120025445256953 on June 15, 2017 :: 5:46 pm

Please tell me if m my phone is hAcked


How do you know if my calls has been hacked

From Portia on June 19, 2017 :: 1:29 am

Hie I really need your help I thinks my boyfriend is hacking my call could you help me his phone number is 0766983409 and my number is 0725821450


Hy could you please helps

From Portia on June 19, 2017 :: 1:31 am

Hy could you please helps I need to know who hacking my calls my no 0725821450


issues with a new galaxy7active started having issues withit day onewhen i received it in themail fr

From ginny meyer on July 05, 2017 :: 8:22 am

ON my galaxy7active I’ve crashed someone got into my AT&T email my walgreensaccount andmy medical chart my walgreens account I’ve been recorded my text has been read by someone I try to go for help with art google my sending fails IMY batteryis draining faster then my fastcharger! it us serious! I called AT&T I was supposed to get this phone brand new replacement of my lgv10 700.00 after 3 refurbished phones I wasoffered this active or edge the 3rd time I called AT&T warrenty they told me by my imei # its a referbished! told me to call assurance and all he talked about he had the same one didn’t do anything anyone going thru all this I don’t know what to do I thought over the phone with AT&T its always recorded for their safety ! who should I call i know the maker of my phone is offering help with a ticketnumber to call them i guess I will how can AT&T get away with that it’s a terrible thing calling it a mistake! I plan on later getting a new phone but not from them it’s been going on 4 months! I feel I was scammed by them! I need answers on help!


My cell phone hacked?

From Vero on June 20, 2017 :: 2:30 pm

I woke up yesterday only to fine someone I do know but not on my friends list of Face Book replying to a message I did not sent him… It was a photo of taken from my Instagram page which is private… I have no idea how this could happen?  Also a text message was sent to one of my contact on my phone that I never sent and some calls were made that I did not make…. I don’t know what to do or what to make of all this?  Any idea how someone could have done this. I had my phone in my possession the whole time and it’s pass code protected..


Stalking and Harrassment

From Marian Marcus on June 26, 2017 :: 6:16 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.


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

From Priya Sharma on July 16, 2017 :: 10:56 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.


When i can communicate wiyh havker wjo hacked my pjhones

From Hacker gang in Thailand on July 30, 2019 :: 12:20 am

Thrre ate some gang hacker located in Thailznd and hacking by fakd to be fomdone they can hack using ip address or number of phones ihuessanyway rspecially email being hacked once uou creat new hmail or add gmdol on the pjinein Thailand


Someone knows where I am and calls from that area

From Concernedbm on July 19, 2017 :: 10:28 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.


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

From Ryan on August 05, 2017 :: 11:08 am

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


How to tell if your phones been hacked

From Jayne Turner on December 06, 2017 :: 8:49 am

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



From Georgette Romero on August 09, 2017 :: 3:03 pm

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


My sumsung 4g phone has

From Kenny on August 17, 2017 :: 2:13 am

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


May be an insecure password rather than hacking

From Josh Kirschner on August 22, 2017 :: 11:38 am

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.


Like a bomb went off

From Amy Short on November 06, 2018 :: 11:17 pm

I’ve been recently hit after purchasing an electronic device on an auction site (ahem….not mentioning any names.) I sent it back & pissed the poor little cry-baby off.

This person has my phone now. From a remote location. And all my secure information. He has seized my email, my Apple ID & so much secure info I can’t fathom the repercussions.

I had to delete all the pics in iMessage to update iOS. 3X in day. The last time I noticed pics that weren’t mine. Then a long, long row of portraits (from my library.. I think..)  of me looking east, then west, then straight on, then west, then east…then a gif of a pink & white heart thumping loudly, then more pics of me… daughter… GRANDDAUGHTER. She is 3. Then a gif of Johnny Depp calling my name.

He sends emails. I do not open them. Now texts. I do not open them either, but it made no difference.

He sends texts from different area codes within my state probably creating numbers via google voice. He seized my Apple ID. I had to delete it but it was too late. So. What now? 

If he were courageous enough to step into my house I would have a chance to defend myself but this…ahem….thing….this hideous, insidious, nefarious…..thing, is so cowardly and criminal in nature he hides in the shadows like the ugly beast he is.

I intend to initiate whatever action I can, to heck w/ the fallout. He already has all my secure info. If he wants to play, game on. IDC.

Since he used the mail I will start with the Post Master and work through every agency I can. Tit for tat is what I say. He is a seller on that site. He mailed to me, I’ve mailed back. So I have a bit of an idea where he might be. Who he might be. How did he get my phone number? Does it really matter? I have no idea what to do. Advise?

What would you do? Really? My DAUGHTER? My GRANDDAUGHTER? GAME ON.

Someone has got to dig these As*****s out and string them up.



From Amy Short on November 06, 2018 :: 11:26 pm

I bought from him to replace what I had. What he sent was too small, scratched, used, not new, so I sent it back. Then all this started. It’s only been a week. My current phone has never been in his hands. Ever. All this, done remotely. He lives 1/2 way across the country. I plugged the phone he sent in for a minute or two to verify it worked, took pics. Full of apps that are not default. Need damage control! And enforcement!

I feel you and am hacked too, but by my supervisor

From lori chinigo on July 18, 2022 :: 12:31 pm

I read your words , and I too am hacked , it pisses me off and feel titbfor that is the way to go , as I slowly grab evidence from years , it’s disgusting , perverted, and probably , no absolutely reading every word I write . Please don’t forget about your camera , they see you through your camera! Example: I was home and digging for something up in my closet. A box shifted, fell and smacked my eye and forehead… My swollen eye was bad and big red mark on my forehead.. I had not gone ANYWHERE and text my supervisor that I’d need the night off cuz of the swelling and such. ... He said, yeah it looks really bad… Wtf!!!!
So I’m going your route , I have repeatedly asked him to stop , he denies it , theres so much evidence , but he will not stop , like it’s some normalcy I’ll have to deal with . Constant flashing on typing , he repeats certain words that I text an ex bf , I have double apps , my passwords are doubled tripled when I went to remember one in my Google account , there’s just so much , I put tape over both from and rear cameras .... I’ve emailed work about it , and nothing answered , so they either don’t care , or will be on the lawsuit for doing nothing . 
Now it’s revenge time , I’m 100 percent as mad as you , I have a son ... The nosy perverted bastard gonna pay one way or another ... Good luck , don’t get caught ....


From Susan on February 21, 2019 :: 2:10 am

I’m being gang stalked. iPad and iPhone definitely hacked. What do I do? Also my baby monitor is hacked. I use it for my elderly father. What do I do. I’ve been told you can’t stop gang stalkers, that they can watch you and listen through walls. I really need some help. Would encryptions help?



From Manjunath on May 18, 2019 :: 6:44 am

Not just that, you need to check your home first. Never leave your home security unchecked.if gang stalked. Replace locks. Keep some info about your home when not home. I am struggling with everything .my neighbors had keys and secret entry to my home. All our personal details were stolen. Keys duplicated . Using it to harrass us. They use this technique, let’s talk to all. And neighbors become involved. The person who wanted to destroy us stays in my line. They sneak in to our home.they confuse everyone your long lost friends.evey o e they contact. Monitor your friends.a lawyer entire life they read like book.and friends you call them. They never trust you. Because these crooks give all private personal details. May be one of your known person of the person I trusted would take me away from home. And some one was searching my home for info.leave the place if rented.if owned take care of home security. If once break in they keep on doing it.they even poisoned us. If tell anyone they will think we are crazy.get minimum evidence and report to police. They do it. And they come and speak to you. Whether you got a suspicion. Breaking in will be very smooth.and no trace will will know like someone has entered when you are away.they even take at least in sixty days once. Now we are about to report to police.from my experience if anyone ushers your personal private things. Think that they have access to your home.its a dark place to be in.

My phone is being hacked by my boyfriend

From Vicki Matthews on August 21, 2017 :: 11:33 pm

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


help....something doesn't ad up

From sarah on August 27, 2017 :: 4:40 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….


It doesn't sound good...

From Josh Kirschner on August 28, 2017 :: 12:24 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?



From Joanne on January 27, 2019 :: 1:03 pm

This is my 3rd phone I have been hacked for the 3rd time they have me down as a child where they controlled my phone by turning off my wlfi and set up mute time also i factory reset many times and i can’t uninstall them I habe over 290 apps ,games and i didn’t order or install one myself please how do i takr control of my phone back


its a hacked

From Rajveer on July 11, 2019 :: 4:48 am

Dea sir,
      Please help me here i have not install any app in my mobile but i went on one site which open direct from google the app name is its dating app where we can meet in this app they asked me to agree term and condition i have not read any thing and click on agree now I am worried about it hacked my phone because later when check there term and condition its written access of phone,messages,photos,videos and device IP address and they use icebreaker software and in there app no option for delete account and in that app its show all bhulshit option for dating is there any chance that they can heck my mobile phone for messages and call listening and later i saw my phone there was app like Burn The Rope, gitit, games club, marbles, smash it , reverie phonebook this kind of app came on screen without installtion and they show no option of uninsatll is it my phone heck by some hecker please help me sir i am using micromax phone


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