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How to Figure Out Who Hacked Your Phone

by on June 16, 2020
in Privacy, Phones and Mobile, Cell Phones, Mobile Apps, Android Apps, iPhone/iPad Apps, Tips & How-Tos :: 174 comments

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For most of us, our phones are the center of our daily lives, and as a result, they contain a treasure trove of personal information, from banking details to messaging and email accounts. This sensitive data can be pretty enticing to a range of the nefarious, from cybercriminals to someone you may even know.

Phone hacking can involve the unknowing download of spyware that relays information on your activity – such as logging keystrokes to scrape passwords; spy apps downloaded by someone with access to your device; or other malware that exploits your phone, for example by using its internet bandwidth in a botnet, as occurred with malware that infected nearly 20 million Android devices.

“The most common way that smartphones can be hacked is to infect the device with malware,” says Victor Chebyshev, a security researcher at Kaspersky Lab. This malware can arrive on the device buried inside apps downloaded by the user – and the likelihood of a malicious app rises when downloading away from the official app stores, which police their content. 

While iPhones aren’t immune to hacking, Apple’s strict vetting policy means the incidence of bad apps targeting iPhones (at least non-jailbroken ones) is lower than for Android phones. “Android devices are more susceptible to these kinds of attacks because they have the option to install applications from third parties,” says Chebyshev.

9 steps to figuring out who hacked your phone

A sluggish phone or fast-draining battery are common symptoms of a compromised phone – but they can also indicate your device needs a spring clean to spruce up performance or improve its battery life. Another red flag is if your data usage has gone through the roof – this could indicate a dodgy app is sending data back to its mothership.

“Whether a user can determine who is responsible for a compromised phone depends on what kind of threat was on the device,” says Chebyshev.

According to Verizon’s 2020 Data Breach Investigation, 86% of cyberattacks are motivated by monetary gain – for example, through selling someone’s stolen credentials on the dark web, gaining access to financial accounts, or hacking sensitive data and holding the victim to ransom. In these cases, hackers usually rely on malware that remotely exploits vulnerabilities in apps or operating systems to steal information (or in the case of phishing malware, trick people into inputting their critical data).

However, somebody known to you who wants to monitor your movements – whether that’s a disgruntled ex or suspicious parent – and who has physical access to your device might also be able to install a spy app that acts like malicious software, tracking your location, photos, messages and calls.  

To narrow down the field of suspects, you can try to determine exactly how your phone is being compromised.

1. Check your phone bill

Are you being charged for premium-rate texts you never sent – or texts you never signed up for? You’ve probably been infected by malware that forces your phone to send or receive texts that generate revenue for cybercriminals. This common form of mobile malware is believed to be the first type found targeting Android, back in 2010, and today plenty of it is still floating around.

If you’re receiving premium-rate text messages, try texting STOP to the number. If this doesn’t work, you’ll have to contact your cell carrier who should be able to block the number.

If your phone is sending the texts, you may be able to fix it by running a security app such as Bitdefender or McAfee to find and remove malware (on Android only; security apps for iOS don’t have this feature). Also, try deleting any third-party messaging apps and any other apps you installed just before the phone started sending the texts.

2. Go through your apps list

If there are any apps you don’t remember downloading, look them up online to see if any of them have been reviewed negatively for malware or other suspicious activity. In this case, the apps will have been compromised by a hacker who likely isn’t targeting you personally but is distributing malware with the aim of scraping as much data as possible. The BankBot malware, for instance, is a trojan that has infected hundreds of Android apps to display a phishing screen to steal users’ banking credentials.

“If it was a regular trojan [malware coded within another app] the user will not be able to attribute who was responsible for the attack,” says Chebyshev. “If it was commercial spyware, it’s sometimes possible to figure out the responsible person.”

3. Look up your flashlight and battery-saver apps

Got a phone full of apps and can’t remember for sure which you downloaded? Some categories of apps have attracted more than their fair share of malicious actors – several flashlight apps on Google Play were infected with malware that tried to scrape users’ financial info, while one should be wary of battery-saver apps as they have often been used for malware, says Josh Galindo, director of training at phone repair service uBreakiFix

If you have these types of apps, check online for any negative reviews. You can also try deleting them to see if this affects your phone performance. “If you install an app and the device performance decreases, that’s an indicator,” says Galindo. “If you uninstall the app and your device begins working properly again, this means that the app is likely contaminated with malware and you should avoid downloading it in the future.”

4. Double-check your favorite popular games  

Downloaded a new super-popular game recently? Ensure it operates like it’s meant to – and validate that by looking up reviews online – otherwise it may be a scam version, potentially ridden with cryptojacking malware.

Cryptojacking trojans mine cryptocurrency unbeknownst to users, and their prevalence has risen on smartphones that when infected in thousands, can deliver attackers a high overall processing power. The idea is that, if a cryptojacker hacks other devices, they can get paid for mining without having to use their own resources (or pay the electricity bill).

On mobile, cryptojacking malware tends to hide inside innocent-looking apps such as fake versions of popular games. If your phone slows down, heats up and its battery is dying long before the end of the day – and you’ve tried to improve your battery life– it could be a sign that a malicious app like a cryptojacking trojan is hogging all the juice.

They’re mostly prevalent on Android – and if you’ve downloaded from non-official app marketplaces, the risk is higher.

5. Scroll through your call list

Done all of the above and still convinced that someone somewhere has your personal data, siphoned from your smartphone? Apps aren’t the only way a phone can be infected by malware. Have you picked up any random calls lately? “Callers offering a free cruise or claiming that you won a sweepstakes are likely scam efforts to hack your information or record your voice,” says Galindo.

6. Did you click that link?

If you recently clicked on a link on a text message or an unexpected pop-up, you may have inadvertently fallen prey to phishing. Phishing often preys on panic or high emotion – as in the coronavirus-related scam texts claiming that receivers had been exposed to someone with COVID-19 symptoms, and exhorting them to click for more information.  

It’s often impossible to divine who is behind such scams, although you can report any phishing texts to your cell carrier and block these numbers.

7. Consider the last time you used public WiFi

According to Kaspersky Lab, one in four hotspots are unsecured, and even the ones that are password-protected could potentially be set up by someone with malicious intent. On top of that, the protocol (WPA2 or WPA3) that encrypts traffic between devices and routers can itself be vulnerable – as in the serious WPA2 flaw uncovered by researchers in 2017 that would have allowed certain traffic to be intercepted.

If your phone isn’t protected by a VPN and you logged into an unsecured public WiFi hotspot, it’s possible someone could have been spying on the connection – and scraped your sensitive information if you logged into your email or bought something online.

8. Is your iCloud safe?

iPhone user? A cracked iCloud login can allow someone to not only access your photos, but also make use of semi-legal spy software to remotely monitor your device’s calls, messages, contacts and location.

Luckily, enabling two-factor authentication for your Apple ID drastically reduces this risk, because if someone tries to sign into your account from a new device, you’ll receive an approval request and sign-in code on your iPhone (or other iOS/Mac devices linked to your Apple ID).

(To enable two-factor authentication, for iOS 10.3 and newer: Settings > [your name] > Password & Security. For iOS 10.2 or older: Settings > iCloud > Apple ID > Password & Security.) 

However, a weak or reused password without two-factor authentication can put your account – and phone – at risk.

Here’s how it works: Many people use the same email address in their Apple ID as the login for dozens of online accounts. If this email address is revealed in a data breach, then hackers – who may purchase or find these login details at data dump websites – have access to your Apple ID.

Couple that with a weak password and your iCloud account can be breached by attackers who use cracking software to guess hundreds of hacked or common passwords in order to breach accounts.

Unfortunately, the same goes for an email and password combo that can be guessed or found out by someone you know who’d want to spy on you – especially if they can access your iPhone to use the two-factor code.

9. Run a security scan 

Since most malware is designed to evade detection, you may not discover much on your own. Spyware apps – or stalkerware – is one category of particularly insidious apps designed purely to monitor a victim’s activity (rather than for any financial gain).

Security apps, particularly for Android, can help determine if your phone contains such a malicious app, as well as help fend off future cyber attacks by, for example, preventing you from visiting malicious webpages.

Android:  Commercial spyware is unfortunately all too easy to find online. Such spy apps have system-level access to extremely detailed information about your device activity such as the messages you write, photos you take and GPS location – and what’s more, these apps are hidden from view.

They also need to be downloaded physically to your device, which means if they’re on your device it was done by someone with access to your device (and your PIN). Chances are, you can figure who in your life would want to monitor your phone. 

To find out if you have such apps on your Android phone, download a security app such as Bitdefender or McAfee, which will flag any malicious programs. You can also head to Settings > Security > Device administration and check if “Unknown sources” for app installations is enabled (and you didn’t do it) – this allows apps from non-official app stores, on which there’s likely to be far more stalkerware.

iPhone: Spy apps on a non-jailbroken iPhone are far less prevalent since such software – which tampers with system-level functions - doesn’t make it onto the App Store. (However, they do exist and work via someone knowing your iCloud login and password.)

If your iPhone is jailbroken, that opens it up to potentially malicious apps that haven’t been vetted by the App Store, including spy apps downloaded without your knowledge.

Security apps such as Lookout and Sophos will alert you if your iPhone has been jailbroken – so if you’re alerted of this but haven’t done it yourself, that can be a red flag.

However, whether security software – for Android or iOS – can find spy apps will depend on how sophisticated or new the spy app is since security software scans for malware that’s already known. (That’s why it’s crucial to download updates to security software as soon as available since updates will incorporate new instances of discovered malware.)

3 steps to take if your phone has been hacked
 

1. Delete any apps or messages that may be malicious

If deleting them fixes any performance issues, great. Even if not, it’s a good idea to clear your device of apps that may have been flagged from that security scan.

You can also try shutting down apps one by one, as soon as your phone starts to slow down or heat up. If shutting down a particular app seems to return things to normal, that app may be malicious – or at the very least, not play too well with your device. 

2. Do a factory reset

If after deleting the suspicious app(s) your phone is still behaving strangely, this nuclear option is a quick way of clearing your device of malicious – or sluggish – software left behind.

Android: Settings > System > (Advanced) > Reset options > Erase all data

iPhone: Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings

3. Check if your information is out there

Unfortunately, many hacks and malware present few to no symptoms and often the only time people are aware of a breach is when their digital services are hacked, or, worse, they’re the victims of identity fraud, where hackers have used their stolen information to open accounts or lines of credit. 

There are a few tools you can use to check if any of your information has already been compromised. Have I Been Pwned? is a website run by security developer and Microsoft Regional Director Troy Hunt that checks if email addresses have been exposed in breaches of popular apps and services.  

Security apps including Bitdefender (Android) and Lookout (iOS) can also alert you if apps and services you use have been breached, putting your personal information at risk.

Depending on the scale of the data that has been exposed, you may want to set up a fraud alert at the major credit agencies, which will require any potential creditors to request additional verification of your identity. 

Keeping your smartphone safe

If you find that your logins – particularly passwords – are floating around online, the first thing to do is to change your passwords. The best way to do that is to use a password manager which can automatically generate and save complex, unique passwords for each of your accounts. Check out our top-rated picks here. We like the Dashlane password manager, whose Premium version (from $4.99/month) also scans the Dark Web for instances of your emails or logins being posted for sale.           

And to reduce the risk of future phone hacks, always observe general cybersecurity hygiene:

  • Think twice before clicking links in SMSes, other messages and emails
  • Review app permissions to minimize the risk of a malicious app download.
  • Enable two-factor authentication for every online account possible – and especially primary emails and logins like your Apple ID.
  • Download security updates for your phone when available to patch vulnerabilities that could otherwise be exploited.
  • Protect your device with a PIN or biometric authentication.

Updated on 6/16/2020 with new tips and recommendations

[Image credit: phone hacker 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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Facebook sim card hack

From Blazing Saddle on December 30, 2019 :: 3:49 am

Bear with me, this has to do with sim-card hacking.
I’ve hated Facebook ads since they started.
Over a period of more than 12 months, I began reporting Facebook ads in their ‘spam’ option.
During the four times that I did this deleting spree, each time, my chat communication on Messenger & Skype failed to connect for a few weeks.  I would allow the ads and Messenger & Skype would resume as normal.
The last time I was on this deleting spree, I was reporting a huge number of ads, 20 ads in less than half an hour online.
Within days, my Messenger & Skype again failed to connect.  This time was more sinister.
Facebook has made a DOS attack on my wife’s sim card. (she lives overseas, hence our chat)
Her sim card has been locked out of Messenger & Skype.  She bought a new sim card and within a day, the new sim card was also locked out of Messenger & Skype.
We chatted on her mum-in-law’s phone, meaning the mum-in-law’s phone is associated with my Messenger account, within 2 days her Messenger was also failing to connect to my Messenger.
Who else has this kind of specific access to my account except Facebook?

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That simply isn't a possibility

From Josh Kirschner on December 30, 2019 :: 11:04 am

I don’t know what specific issues you’re having with Messenger and Skype, but there is absolutely no way that they are due to Facebook “hacking” your SIM cards or performing a DOS attack. If Facebook was really concerned about you reporting ads as spam (which they probably aren’t), they could send you an account warning or suspend your account. A multi-billion dollar company isn’t going to commit felony hacking against individual users to address this. Also, note that Skype is owned by Microsoft, not Facebook.

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Me too! For over 4 years.

From Ian Karoz on January 01, 2020 :: 7:18 am

Pamela, the hacking attacks you write about are absolutely right on and mirror all that has and continues happen in what’s left of the life I once enjoyed. Josh, you are either one of the responsible or one who needs to take a seat and listen. That’s what are biggest problems are. The ones who don’t believe us and call us crazy. We need to find out if we have a common enemy or have been attached to some similar organization at some point I’ve narrowed it down to a federal agency but not the FBI or others like them. They might be the ones doing the surveillance but they’re taking orders from another extremely powerful group ask this, what is the largest union in the United States? And if you think about who the members are and what type of technology and control they might possess it becomes clear they’re the only ones who could pull it off. This union has employees in everything from aviation and most other transportation departments to food services, healthcare, etc and think just for a minute that alot of these members have spouses or significant others who could aid them by whatever means necessary. . Rumors and lies are there s.o.p. and they go about this in a third grade manner. Just like bullying. That ugly word. How about this one REVENGE. Bleak? These individuals are part of the largest hate group in North America. I was once told to find out who hacked you, you needed to think back a few years to a time you might have really stepped on someone’s toes
and when you got that pinpointed, think back a few more years. I’m now back to 2010 and as I write this I’m considering going back a few more years but I feel that what I’ve found out about 2010 seem to fit exactly what has been happening. The big problem now is evidence. Bitten line, I got slim to none. They are very good at what they do and who they use, hurt, destroy. But I got a feeling my next move will be either my last or a huge step in bringing them to what they hate most. Being exposed. They know what they do is wrong. And they are afraid of being unmasked. Happy New year.

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Hacked too

From Sheila on January 11, 2020 :: 11:43 am

You are Right on point!!!

Someone used my number to

From Angel Tomasson on February 04, 2020 :: 12:37 am

Someone used my number to fake a message to say something I didn’t say. How can I track that or get proof that I did not send it??

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It's not hard to spoof texts

From Josh Kirschner on February 04, 2020 :: 11:10 am

There are lots of services out there that will let you send spoofed texts to someone using any number you choose (just google “spoof text”). You should be able to pull up a list of all your texts in your carrier account with details on who you sent texts to and when. Also, the recipient of the spoofed text may be able to contact their cell carrier to get additional details about the true sender from the message header information.

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Hacked

From Nicole Nacey on February 07, 2020 :: 1:55 pm

Same with me on everything you guys are saying. I got my son taken even. This is horrible an not right. The police dss everyone says I’m crazy but I’m not. They have been stealing from me for a year and know everything I’m doing from my phone and they can stay one step ahead of me. They r ruining my life. I know who it is. I just don’t know how to prove it. It’s the old chief of police son and his gf. He steals all the time he’s a junkie an no one will do anything cause of his father. Its complete bs. He is ruining not only my life but my sons as well. I got some money after my mom passed an they stole erything. No one believes that I have stuff going but no one will ever come sit with me or help. I’m about to the point of just ending it. Its driving me crazy an nothing I can do. I’m over it. I can’t do anything an font know how to stop this. Someone needs to make an app that can track and hack the hacker so I can show police or whoever it’s TRUE an I’m not crazy. I miss my son an this is beyond messed up.

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Android device hacked total control haker usurped

From Mani Jayakumar on February 25, 2020 :: 10:33 am

Simple this is a lesson my device is hacked ..the hacking is such the device is controlled without sim.. If not moved legally ..little hesitant this is a advanced hack.. Pending severe legal action

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Ditto

From mixen on March 02, 2020 :: 3:05 pm

Amen. To Josh-ditto my question to all   who question in abelittling and/or degrading manner. I, too, have picked up by law enforcement, so I claim: Josh, either you are ignorant, incompetent or you are part of it. Your questions insult our intelligence.  I have wondered may times, why? Why would the police department do so may things that question their integrity. THAT, is the question. I. believe there is something, or someone, way beyond the public, because I have dealt with organizations that are putting integrity on h line, and more than once, so that really answers my question on if there is help out there. I do not believe there is aymore, so the next question is how far down do I want to go before I say it’s no longer worth it. I’ve lost everything s well, and my family has been deeply affected. So, I’ve done enough reading and need a clear answer or someone to jump in and say this is not ok. A ton. Until then, I see no change and I am homeless broke. Thank you very much, I blame our govt either way. For being either directly involved, or directly uninvolved.

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I'm sorry you're struggling with those issues

From Josh Kirschner on March 03, 2020 :: 5:43 pm

Privacy and privacy protection are very important to us. We have covered the topic extensively on our site and I, personally, have written a number of times about what you can do to protect your privacy across your devices and more broadly.

But not every issue is caused by hacking. And I try to help people understand when issues with tech are possibly hacking related and when they are not. Often that requires asking questions to gather more information, and often it means giving my opinion that the issue they’re facing isn’t related to hacking or spying. Unfortunately, not everyone wants to hear that answer.

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Me too..3+ years hacked!! (TI here..)

From Phoenix on March 02, 2020 :: 11:26 pm

I have been thru countless phones and numbers. With different credentials. Trust me I’ve tried it all. I’m being gang stalked for sure. People appear in real life as well and GIVE me free working phones when I remove the battery and throw the phone in the trash. This is crazy! Damn… Just realized someone gave me a phone TODAY for free… Under the guise of helping me with my problem.. but is it a sincere and innocent gesture? Who knows?! He’s also helping me with a place to stay (hotel) when he has a house down the street…. Is it sincere?!!? IDK anymore… I’ve been thru this before when they were implants… Making me paranoid.. just what they want.. someone plz help!

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I've been hacked for over 2 years

From Craig k on March 08, 2020 :: 4:47 pm

I go through a phone a month. Every time I get a new phone it’s hacked in the first hour. I’ve tried everything to protect it nothing works. I’m also believe I’m being gaslighted. This has ruined my life. Been to two psychiatrist both have told me I’m not crazy and to get out of my current marriage. I’m having to move from the place I’ve called home for over 30 plus years. Our elected officials need to implement laws and stand behind them

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Hacked

From Hacked on March 25, 2020 :: 1:27 pm

Notice when you go in the phone store, who is in there or cones in after you. They get your account info while youre in the store. Thats how youre havked so fast… Be aware of your surroundings..

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Can't access my account he's in there right now hacking

From Wendy Kinyoun on March 08, 2020 :: 10:14 pm

He has my social security number as the password for 57 apps and my legal name is the username plus @ gmail.com added on some of them i have about 15 different gmail accounts now no matter what i do for the last 3 weeks he is camping in my account i have dialed 911 twice no help i have reporting to google a dozen times and nothing the FTC is investigating and the hacker is still in there. Identity theft.com is doing a phone/ video investigating Monday. Morning at 9am he said it could take 6 months. He has put me on google as in prison stole my health insurance money and need to access my old gmail he deleted to verify my identity with insurance and doctors

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You cant fix it...

From Hacked on March 25, 2020 :: 1:20 pm

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You cant fix it...

From Hacked on March 25, 2020 :: 1:24 pm

They can hacknyou from yoyr phone carrier store. They remotely access your cell. They grey out the apps they use so you cant delete. They use your data and wifi againat you. Changing your pin or setting back to factory doesnt work. When you turn your phone off and on and put in your pin youll see ‘starting your androud’. Thats them getting back in your phobe AFTER youve signed in. Parasites…

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hack

From jasmine mistry on March 27, 2020 :: 2:29 pm

a friend of mine has hacked my phone and is checking every chat of mine what should i do

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You should follow the steps in the article

From Josh Kirschner on March 27, 2020 :: 4:44 pm

If they really do have access to your texts, then they have likely either installed spyware on your device or they are accessing your texts online because you have insecure passwords on your iCloud or Google accounts. So follow the steps we list in the article above to resolve those issues.

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Some one is my hacking my phone😭

From Mohd on April 01, 2020 :: 4:48 am

Plzz halp me

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Help

From Laura Jones on April 08, 2020 :: 1:41 am

Same for my best friend and it driving us all crazy someone needs to find a fix

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Someone keeps hacking my account

From Ronald Hicks on April 14, 2020 :: 9:46 pm

Someone keeps hacking my account I have the ip adress will that help

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Hacked 2

From Linda on April 24, 2020 :: 11:51 pm

Omg reading this stuff makes me feel less alone but also so afraid because im not crazy and this shit is happening to not only me but many of u. Its purely evil to put anyone through this. God help us

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I’m hacked too. I have

From Susie on May 06, 2020 :: 12:53 pm

I’m hacked too. I have gone through 8 phones and thousands of dollars within the last few months. I’ve changed my phone number accounts lost pictures and personal information and I’m still getting hacked. Where should I go to get help. I’m not very good with technology so I would prefer to pay someone to help me. I lost my job because of this and it’s been going on for a year now and I’m just hopeless

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I’m hacked too. I have

From Susie on May 06, 2020 :: 12:53 pm

I’m hacked too. I have gone through 8 phones and thousands of dollars within the last few months. I’ve changed my phone number accounts lost pictures and personal information and I’m still getting hacked. Where should I go to get help. I’m not very good with technology so I would prefer to pay someone to help me. I lost my job because of this and it’s been going on for a year now and I’m just hopeless

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Hacked phone call

From Shahanasshanu Muhammad Shahanas on May 14, 2020 :: 2:20 pm

Some one hacked my phone calls I know that who is one

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I need help badly not a tech person and I recently discovered my ex girl been hacking me

From Travis on June 10, 2020 :: 11:04 pm

For 7 months or longer now I went through he’ll. My ex tossed me out and kept all of my property. I went through several phones from breaking them cause I’m not a tech guy and got frustrated. I went through several emails cause my password keeps changing and several Facebook accounts. I know its her doing it, I just need to get proof of it so I can have a life again. I want to take her to court to get something back out of out of our 10 year relationship. She left me with nothing and homeless. I lost all my contacts and couldn’t even call for help if I wanted to. I still have 3 phone that work and I just took batteries out. Please help me get my life back and move on with my life.

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Hacked to death

From Brenda ' Bree' Shelton on June 15, 2020 :: 7:30 am

17 months of unrelenting stalking. Monitoring, isolation, control. Not allowed communique. This is 3rd attempt in a row to send to u. 13 phones destroyed disabled and q Dl laptop and recovery disabled, drivers re.oved. I am dying stage IV renal Failure wish I was dead already. Not one month in 17 with a full month on phone. 6 months I gave up no phone at all. Can’t call my doctors. Family, nomore friedslest hero same to them. I am dying alone because of him. He is interfering now with my keyboard. He blocks federal documents and intercepts federal mail to me. Police dept. =  Po Dunk. Make fun . Don’t respond, or give me requested reports at all . “We don’t have time for…. “Are you on any mention meds and taking them regul6?’ And simple denial that weknow nothing about computers, on one hand. Ut on the other they tell me, ‘he’s, probably in Africa,’ or ’ He can’t do that.’ And won’t even open. Flash drive evidence of him downloading entire accounts and transfering them using my name to other carriers, changing phone numbers. And more, more more.. call please XXXXXXXX or write me with some help, no one else will, XXXXXXXXX
BREE SHELTON

[Edited to remove personal information]

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Find hacker name

From Mahesh Kumar on June 17, 2020 :: 9:48 pm

One who a person hacked my phone I must know his or hes name is it possible

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hack

From MGR on June 29, 2020 :: 4:26 am

someone has hacked my instagram account and typed messages to random people

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Hacked

From Bbb on June 29, 2020 :: 2:41 pm

It’s not funny being hacked, and most of these stories seem fake!!!  All I know is that, they should have a law against them!! For life!! A lot of jealousy, envy, lies, I have no words!!  Karma will be their downfall!! That I promise you!! One day!! One day!!!  They forget when they hurt someone or follow someone, ,,,,,,,,,,,,

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They think we don't know that we're being hacked Part 2

From Smart cookie on June 29, 2020 :: 4:44 pm

Part 2 of: They think we don’t know that we’re being hacked part 1

Well one I have a social following of a couple thousand and on top of that I was fooled by this hacker thinking he/she was one of my friends and I stupidly went and followed a link that I belive helped give remote access to them. Well I know that was my mistake but it also should have been something that one of those companies who claim to protect your data should have the knowledge to fix!!! You would think right wrong, the only ones who did see the hacking happening was my eBay account but the hacker since found away around that too. So if anyone who feels like this is not only violating but traumatizing and completely mortally wrong by these companies who continue to say “we protect your data” well that is the biggest lie of all I’ve been told a number of times that they only thing was they suggested getting a security key well guess what the hacker got one instead so when id try to log in some of them wanted a security key they asked me for it to access my account I couldn’t belive that I was no longer able to access some of my many accounts due to this hacking. Oh and the 2 step that didn’t work well either he was just able to redo it and change my information or use my backup codes that too forgot they even were able to message as me to the companies as if everything was fixed and they also was able to delete my backups that I’ve had for many years so as I said this was and still is so traumatizing and violating im so stressed i spend hours on phones trying to deal with this im very fortunate that i don’t have to work at this time but what about the people who do have to work take care of family or just have a life outside of being in your phone well that has now become my reality everyday for over a year and I do have a family that has also been emotionally effected due to this because of the fact my focus has now been trying to get this hacker out of my system I really have been dealing with this so much that I’ve learned somethings but at this point I’m not even able to go on most sites and also I don’t even receive my phone calls because they are controlling my ringer and even my voice-mail too. Continue reading part 2 didn’t have enough room for what I was saying sorry everyone! friends constantly tell me I called you and I was like sorry I didn’t receive any call!!! Well Im just so sick and tired of dealing with this and these companies continue to get paid and say to me “I don’t know what to tell you” seriously you don’t know how to help me that what I get from them.  So if your tired and feel violated and disgusted and just know that this needs to change I’m standing up and fighting back because it’s not about the money it’s the point that they can’t even help you to get the hacker out of your system even Norton through Life Lock haven’t been able to fix this issue so why am I paying them well I’m canceling since they haven’t been able to change one thing that this hacker controls so if your interested I’m looking for an attorney for the past week remember this has been going on for over a year of this hacking! I’m exhausted, disgusted and completely sickened by this that it is so easy and very possible for someone else to take over your life online!!! Thanks for this post. Sorry to anyone else this is happening to and also I’m sorry if this isn’t the correct forum to be posting this on. Have a great and wonderful day!! I wouldn’t wish this nightmare on my worst enemy and that’s saying a lot. Thanks for taking the time to read and thank you all for your comments and im so sorry for everyone who is dealing with this too! Take care

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Hacked

From Waghmare Nagaraju on July 07, 2020 :: 3:26 am

Plse help me my phone is hacking some one ple help me to learn darknet i want to defence my self while anyone hacks me plse

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Hacking

From Roelf on July 16, 2020 :: 9:18 pm

Hi I have been hack and its been going on for 6 months now. I am sou desprit for enny one that can help me. They stold more then 80k ($) from me pleade i need help and this person must be gourd. Try too get my money back and I do have information of this perso and proof and I need too get this guy of me like in today. Please help me and trust me you wil open n money scam on the net you wil not belef.

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I hope you got this

From Roelf on July 16, 2020 :: 9:19 pm

I hope you got this email

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You missed a few easy ones.

From Terance Healy on July 26, 2020 :: 9:29 pm

Begin using the two truths/one lie strategy in your phone calls.  When approached about the lie, you will have the person. Responsible.

Turn on location and have it start automatically.  Thus will result in you being notified if your phone has been cloned.  When they turn in phone, the map will point right to them.

Draw fences in Amazon Alexa around places where you think the person responsible is located.  When they turn in the phone, or cruds a boundary, Alexa can announce the clone is in that area.

You can also fence in police, county and private investigators.  When being so d improperly, often a PI willk be used to remove police from direct liability.

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Help

From Carl storms on July 28, 2020 :: 5:32 pm

I had someone hack my phone and stole personal videos and photos of me and my girlfriend and said he will put it all over social media and send to all my contacts if I don’t pay him a lot of money what do I do please help

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Can you confirm you were hacked?

From Josh Kirschner on July 30, 2020 :: 9:31 am

Are you sure your phone was hacked? That’s pretty unlikely and there have been a number of porn blackmail scams going around where people claim to have compromising videos when they really don’t. If I had to guess, this may be what is really happening.

If they have shown you proof they have the videos, then you are in a difficult situation. If you pay, there’s no guarantee they won’t post them anyhow or keep coming back for more money. You may want to consider contacting the FBI since the hacking and blackmail are likely federal crimes. Though there may not be much accomplished by that beyond potentially scaring the person from taking further action.

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Easy to do?

From Karen Burton on July 29, 2020 :: 11:34 pm

I am a 61 year old woman on disability. Someone hack my Gmail account and now I only receive empty labels ie inbox, important, all mail etc. are empty. PLEASE HELP!!!

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N I thought I was goin nuts

From Jeremy on August 08, 2020 :: 10:23 am

U have no idea how relieved I am to hear what you’ve written down. Ive been targeted for a little over a year… And had even contemplated suicide thinking I was going mad. But happily today after reading your post… Im damn near certain who has been playin w me.

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I know who hacked all my accounts. I just NEED HELP proving it so I can lock them up!!!

From DL on August 19, 2020 :: 12:35 am

I have so many documents, files, pictures, and emails to prove I have been hacked. I don’t know exactly how to prove with documentation it is who I know it is. Myself and my two children have been impacted by this person. They are so advanced in hacking/coding and how to use third party software/apps they know how to cover their tracks so I can’t “prove” 100% it’s them. I need 100% to make them pay big time for what they have done and caused. Only a sick F’r can cause the torment they have caused.
Please can someone help?!

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EREBUS666WHITEHAT please help

From John on August 23, 2020 :: 6:34 pm

You seem to be the exact person who has the proper knowledge about this. I am being hacked all day and night. Also followed and being accused of liking little boys. Seems like the people at Walmart and winco know something about me that I don’t. I don’t know what I did to get these people on me like this. I mind my own business and generally a good person with a good heart. Sure I watch porn at night and like being in the nude at my apartment but that’s as weird as I get. Oh and well I am a gay man..I don’tknow if that has anything to do with it. Please I would greatly appreciate your help

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Find hacker name

From Mahesh on August 31, 2020 :: 7:46 am

Is there possible to know the name of the hacker

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Hacker

From Vasava pranali on September 07, 2020 :: 1:31 pm

This phone a hacked

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My has been hacked

From Marlapudi sandeep on September 18, 2020 :: 4:50 am

My phone has been hacked plz help…

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Please help me to get me life back

From Janka on September 22, 2020 :: 8:50 am

Hello
I have been hacked for over 5 years. I believe it’s my ex who officially has no contact with my daughter and his family didn’t contact me once since family court finished, therefore I believe they have access to my photos/ videos.
My devices randomly flashing while on video calls and I hear strange noises while on audio calls etc. Please help
Thank you for contacting me in advance
Any advise will be greatly appreciated

Janka

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Stolen identity

From Sandra Criley on September 23, 2020 :: 6:25 pm

Someone has been using my old profile and getting in all my apps changing my passwords and adding a lot more and it’s slowing down my phone and causing a
lot of problems for me.

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For the love of God

From Rey Dommert on September 29, 2020 :: 1:09 am

In the past 6-7 years and like 40 phones later I am still getting hacked. I have had every malware you can think of. Even Ransomware. Right? I even had my android guy appear suddenly on my phone fall on to his back and his tummy open up and fireworks blaze out for a minute or to then my phone was inoperative. A sad day in the life of Rey. Is there anyone who is willing to help me find this Individual,them,or what group they are associated with. Thank you

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Yes my S9 has been hacked. I mean damn the words are blurred one second. Then they aint. Everythings

From Jeremy on October 05, 2020 :: 9:55 pm

My S9 is hacked.

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s9 is hacked

From Jeremy on October 05, 2020 :: 9:58 pm

They get you to go to hangouts messenger app and thats where they hack your S9….....and yes mine too. Its hacked. Rey Charles can see it.

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My phone ,internet is getting hacked please help!

From Jay on October 14, 2020 :: 2:12 pm

hello,
I am getting spam calls, test messages and emails. my laptop, phone is very slow.

I have reset my phone cleaned everything.
but the phone and home internet is getting hacked.
let me know if you can help

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