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How to Tell if Your Phone Has Been Hacked

by on May 01, 2019
in Privacy, Phones and Mobile, Mobile Apps, Tips & How-Tos :: 291 comments

From email to banking, our smartphones are the main hub of our online lives. No wonder that smartphones are starting to stack up to computers as common targets for online hackers.  

Security researchers recently revealed one attack campaign that released malicious Android apps that were nearly identical to legitimate secure messaging programs, including WhatsApp and Signal, tricking thousands of people in nearly 20 countries into installing it. These apps were downloaded via a website called Secure Android, and once installed, gave hackers access to photos, location information, audio capture, and message contents. According to EFF Staff Technology Cooper Quentin, of note is that the malware did not involve a sophisticated software exploit, but instead only required “application permissions that users themselves granted when they downloaded the apps, not realizing that they contained malware.”

Malware is often downloaded from non-official sources, including phishing links sent via email or message, as well as malicious websites such as the Secure Android site mentioned above. (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.)

Across the board, mobile malware has been on the riseup – in part due to an increase in political spies trying to break into the devices of persons of interest. Once this malware is online, other criminals are able to exploit compromised devices too. Malware can 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.

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 seven 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-crim’s wallet. In this case, check your phone bill for any costs you don’t recognise.

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. The vast majority of such pop-ups can be neutralised simply by shutting the window – though be sure you’re clicking the right X, as many are designed to shunt users towards clicking an area that instead opens up the target, sometimes malicious, site.

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.

SOS steps

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 Avast, which not only scans for malware but offers a call blocker, firewall, VPN, and a feature to request a PIN every time certain apps are used – preventing malware from opening sensitive apps such as your online banking.

iPhones may be less prone to hacks, but 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 $9.99/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.

7 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 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.
  • Download a mobile security app. For Android, we like Avast and for iOS, we recommend Lookout for iOS.

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

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. ExpressVPN (Android/iOS, from $6.67/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).

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.

Updated on 5/1/2019

[image credit: hacker smartphone concept via BigStockPhoto]



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ID theft via phone

From Leo on June 07, 2017 :: 2:49 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?

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Hacked phone??

From Amanda on June 15, 2017 :: 3:32 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!!

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Phone hacked

From Jamme on June 22, 2017 :: 2:11 pm

Amanda,
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.

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Husband

From Xfactor on November 30, 2018 :: 4:33 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.

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Hacked Phone

From Javier Pagan on May 17, 2019 :: 10:51 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.

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Please tell me if m

From facebook120025445256953 on June 15, 2017 :: 6:46 pm

Please tell me if m my phone is hAcked

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How do you know if my calls has been hacked

From Portia on June 19, 2017 :: 2:29 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
Thanks

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Hy could you please helps

From Portia on June 19, 2017 :: 2:31 am

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

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

From ginny meyer on July 05, 2017 :: 9:22 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!

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My cell phone hacked?

From Vero on June 20, 2017 :: 3:30 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..

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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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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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Like a bomb went off

From Amy Short on November 07, 2018 :: 12:17 am

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…..my daughter…..my 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.

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PS:

From Amy Short on November 07, 2018 :: 12:26 am

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!

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Hacked

From Susan on February 21, 2019 :: 3:10 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?

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Possible

From Manjunath on May 18, 2019 :: 7:44 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 involved.my 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 involved.one 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 be.you 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.

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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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Hacked

From Joanne on January 27, 2019 :: 2:03 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

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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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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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YOUR NOT CRAZY! HACKING IS "REAL"

From Mrs. M. on October 28, 2018 :: 9:23 am

Theres “HACKERS” MALE & FEMALE….DONT HAVE A LIFE, AND STAY CONNECTED TO COMPUTERS DAY IN & OUT…LOOKING TO “PREY” ON ANYONE” I KNOW UR’ TELLING THE TRUTH FOR MANY THAT WONT SPEAK UP “POLICE” MANY WONT DO ANYTHING.  BUT KEEP REPORTS GOING “WRITTEN” UR’ OK…JUST LOOK AT THE NEWS “MENTAL ISSUES” IT CRAZY OUT HERE!I WONT OPEN & HAVE NO NEED FOR “FACE BOOK” GOSSIP IS ALL MANY OF THESE FOLKS ARE LOOKING FOR & YOU DONT EVEN KNOW WHO THEY ARE…COWARDS HIDE BEHIND ANYTHING! WHAT BETTER PLACE THAN A COMPUTER.  GOD BLESS YOU.

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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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Gangstalking

From Ricky on February 27, 2019 :: 4:35 am

Crystal your comment title says it all, I looked up gang stalking, that’s the only answer left after I researched all other possible problems, there no way one person can do and the damage I have, I have bought 4 phones in 2 years tried so many different angles to get rid of the problems , gangstalking to get people to commit themselves and get conservitorship and or rob and loot us,. Look it up thank you

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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’ve been hacked for over 6 years

From Sharon C on March 26, 2019 :: 12:46 pm

When I told that I was hacked people told me I was crazy and it couldn’t happen with a iPhone, well my ex worked with the state and they obviously got ahold of something that shouldn’t be available to anyone with evil entent. I am still going through crazy things I can’t explain on my computer and phones. I’ve done EVERYTHING to get rid of the hack but nothing works. It’s like they flip the switch and hear we go again the hack is back. I am also having other things going on with my car. Two sets of new tires due to flat tires and gps was draining batteries after replacing three of them my car dealers noticed the GPS was doing it. Also. My alarm would go off even without the doors unlocked. It would happen during the night and it would go off every 10 minutes , ten times. Can someone be doing all this to my car as well?  Once I got a security system it seems better.

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