Software created with the purpose to spy on users, collecting data, or performing other actions, that might be useful to attackers.

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How to know if my laptop microphone is recording automatically?

How to know if my laptop microphone is recording during the day? Is there any program for ubuntu to check if my laptop microphone is recording automatically by any application during the day?
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Does Skype compromise my system (beyond the scope of calls/chats)?

First of all, please don't shout at me for wanting to use Skype. I know that it's evil and I fully expect all the calls and text chats going through it to be stored permanently in govt data centers, ...
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Is ExpressVPN using hidden trackers? or spyware?

I have ExpressVPN installed and keep getting strange warnings from malwarebytes antimalware. First odd fact is that XVPND.exe is always running, even after a reboot. I have set ExpressVPN to not ...
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idevicerestore installation trouble

Can anyone help me figure out what im doing wrong to install this software? ``` root@kali:~/libimobiledevice# sudo apt-get install libusbmuxd-dev libplist-dev libplist++ Reading package lists... Done ...
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Is making a clean install enough to remove potential malware?

Is formatting the disk and reinstalling the system from scratch (to Ubuntu) enough to remove any potential hidden software spyware, keyloggers etc.? Or can something still persist installed in the ...
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Can smartphone spyware work even if there is no data connection?

I am using an Android phone. Is it possible for spyware to transmit data even when I don't have any internet plan/connection? Can it use some other way, say, cellular network etc.? EDIT1: SMS and ...
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Is this attack vector possible?

I had some suspicious pdf files on my linux computer. I opened it in firefox and Evince pdf reader and I forgot to use VM or any other sandbox. Is it possible the pdf to be infected with any kind of ...
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Are there GPS tracker for laptops?

Are there location tracker hardware (GPS receiver) which can be fitted inside of a laptop and it sends live location data to a remote location ? If yes, how to detect such trackers ?
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Is blocking UDP and TCP sufficient to prevent unwanted network activity?

I want to be 100% sure that my machine only connects where and when I want it to. If I use a firewall that blocks all UDP and TCP packets but those that I explicitly allow to pass, can I be 100% sure ...
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Fishy: VMware sends all traffic through akamai

I'm running Linux inside of VMware on the Mac, and on Linux I'm running a program that has connections open to perhaps 4 different machines. On the OS/X side however VMware has only 1 active network ...
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How to prevent IoT devices from phoning home via the neighbor's wifi?

I'm wondering what, if anything, can be done to thwart the sort of attack described below. First, you can assume the following: (1) There are several devices in your home which you have deliberately ...
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Is this an evidence of a Skype communication being spied on?

A couple of days ago I was having a conversation using Skype, then I wanted to share a link to a page with the interlocutor. I didn't want to let her understand the link content by just looking at the ...
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iPad infected with virus (popup - admobinew.com)

This morning I was reading some news on some websites (I think one of them was haaretz.com) using my iPad (ios 9.0.1), I clicked on a news and I was redirected to some dodgy website and I started ...
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Skype called someone and connected to them with no action on my part. What do I do?

This happened to me today, September 12, at about 6pm. Any ideas about what happened, what's going on, and what I should do? I was at home alone with my 2 year old -- I was feeding her dinner. All of ...
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Possible Windows 10 Malware [closed]

Data: There are a set of Windows 10 computers. Out of 8 of those computers, three were found to have had the Windows OS altered in an unexpected way. An advanced malware/spyware infection is ...
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how to protect my data from malware/spyware that infected my BIOS?

we all know that some countries do their best to spy on their citizens and the citizen of other countries and that countries maybe have specialized spying agencies wither they are known or not, and, ...
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Computer sending unstopped ICMP echo request to an IP

I noticed while hanging in Microsoft Network Monitor that my computer is sending ICMP echo request to an arbitrary IP address 202.39.253.11. I looked for the owner of this IP and I found it is owned ...
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What other evidence can I obtain regarding this key-logger?

I have a computer that I know has had spyware installed on it (Perfect Key Logger). I have found the location of the key-logger and the date of creation, which is also I think the date of install. ...
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Is copying & pasting to the clipboard vulnerable to keyloggers? (CTRL+C and CTRL+V) [duplicate]

If I copy a username/password from an email and paste it into an FTP client or an online form in the browser, can keyloggers capture this private information? And does it make any difference whether ...
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Help me understand this adware (compute-1.amazonaws.com)

I ran TCPdump on my Macbook and saw a lot of communication going back and forth between 10.239.68.143 and compute-1.amazonaws.com. I looked up my private IP address with ifconfig and found that that ...
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Sanitize computer after Homeland Security seizure [closed]

I flew from overseas back to the USA and all my electronic equipment was seized by Homeland Security, including my laptop computer, external hard drives, flash drives, etc. After more than a month I ...
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Is Microsoft trying to brush the Diagnostics Tracking Service under the rug?

I was working my way through disabling all of the spyware Microsoft has put into Windows 7 when I came across this Google result: "Sep 11, 2015 - Describes an update that enables the Diagnostics ...
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Is BitTorrent Sync a spyware?

Source: http://www.infoworld.com/t/development-tools/bittorrent-sync-gaining-major-traction-peer-peer-alternative-dropbox-232144 and the average usage has hit 20GB per person. How can they know ...
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Spyware on Sony Xperia z3 compact ? comand: adb reboot bootloader results in error device not found

Please help as I can not pay a forensic data investigator. For a while now I suspect to being spied on my computers and cellphones. I have two Sony xperia Z3 compact and both were acting strangely ...
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Detecting and removing Absolute persistance technology

Absolute persistance technology amounts to a persistent rootkit pre-installed by many device manufacturers (Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo, Samsung, Toshiba, etc) to facilitate LoJack for laptops, and ...
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How does Windows 10 allow Microsoft to spy on you?

Windows 10 is perhaps the most Internet-connected and cloud-centric operating system released by Microsoft to date. This, of course, has caused many users to be concerned about how the OS respects ...
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What is a “roving” backdoor?

What is a "roving" backdoor? I understand the general concept of a backdoor. Emphasis on keyword qualifier: "roving"...
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My IP address switched suddenly and then switched back

Sometimes I look at the login history of my blog account (a Tumblr blog) to make sure no one else is logging in (because I have private posts that I want to keep private). Even though today I ...
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How safe/secure are banking applications on Android phones?

I have a mobile banking application installed on my phone which allows me to pay for things, transfer money using my phone from my account to another etc. How safe or unsafe is this application? For ...
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Can my phone be hacked just by being called?

I recently found a site, Cell-Spy-Stealth.com, that claims to sell spyware which can be targeted on a phone by simply making a call to it: "It will work even if you get the voice mail, or if the ...
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Looking for URL Blacklists of Malicious Websites [closed]

Is there a maintained list of URLs that contain malicious content. These URLs may be involved in Phishing, Scams, Viri, or other Malware. Please indicate in your answer if the list is freely ...
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Is it possible to low level format an Virtual Machine? [closed]

I just came to wonder, if you can low level format the disk of an Virtual Machine, maybe you guys can help me with that?
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Is it possible for someone else to add a photo to text messages I am sending? [closed]

Is it possible for someone else to intercept a text message I am sending and add a photo to that message? I recently answered a text message I received from a friend and half way through typing out ...
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How to know the IP of spyware exe server [closed]

I have an exe file that is a spyware server which when you run it , it connects my pc to the file maker I want to know the IP of this file maker , i thought that i can open it and observe the ...
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Is it possible to install spyware in password protected android phone?

I own samsung galaxy y, an android. I suspect my roommate has installed spyware in my phone. Is it possible to install spyware in password protected android phone ?
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Is it possible to store an android apk in SIM card and install it from there?

I suspect somebody has installed a spyware in my android smartphone. I have done factory reset, which is supposed to uninstall all apps in SD card and internal memory. I am curious about following. ...
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How to know if firmware is stealing my information?

The recent news item Chinese Star N9500 Android smartphone contains factory-installed Trojan, says security firm has prompted me to think about firmware security. The news mentions the spyware is part ...
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“Yea, I can hear them” I just heard this from my computer speakers [closed]

Randomly I heard a man's voice from our home Mac, "yea, I can hear them" There were no internet windows open. We cover our camera with a sticker, call us paranoid but are we really? NO! Does anyone ...
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Domain Name Thefts

Due to past experiences, I have learned that when I'm contemplating purchasing a suitable domain name, I should NOT do so by searching on the websites of domain registrars (GoDaddy, name.com, etc.). ...
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Can malware “upload” itself to the actual mobile base station and regain back to another phone?

My question is can a malware from my affected phone "upload" itself to the ACTUAL REAL mobile base station from the service provider, and regain back to my another phone with the same number (same ...
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How to block all access to Akami deploy servers and Apple push servers?

I no longer blindly trust the numerous connections that occur at night and during the day that always go to "content" and "push" servers like: a23-33-37-54.deploy.akamaitechnologies.com ...
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Should I get an antivirus for my Mac?

There are some people saying that people should use an antivirus software on Mac. And there are thousands of people claiming that Macs don't get viruses (under this term I mean spyware / malware as ...
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How can the NSA remotely turn on your iPhone?

If the iPhone is actually off and not in sleep mode, how can it be remotely turned on if no software is running and network communications aren't even activated until the device boots?
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How can I make sure the mic input of my laptop/computer/cell is not secretly scanned for keywords and sent to the government?

I would like to learn how to search a laptop/computer/cell for processes scanning the mic input. Additionally, short of physically disabeling the mic input, is there a way to make sure nobody is ...
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Spyware for feature phones

There are a lot of spywares for android and ios smartphones. Are there spywares for feature phones ? I am using this samsung phone, which is basic. I am wondering if somebody who has access to this ...
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How do I secure X server against spyware in a GUI application?

Suppose you have a GUI application, that potentionally may be too curious about your environment, such as the list of window titles. How do I limit application's ability to enumerate windows, capture ...
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Spying cellphones [closed]

Today I read an article on a French newspaper that our government listens to us when we use our cell phones. I wonder what type of programming methodoly or technology that allows this espionnage ?
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Someone borrowed my phone and Im scared its hacked [closed]

I am from Australia and I use a iPhone 4. Today, a young guy asked to borrow my phone, since he was out of credit and since I was trying to be a good samaritan, let him borrow my phone (also we were ...
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Sign contents of entire computer?

If I travel abroad and am concerned that when I land in the foreign country they may try to install a digital keylogger, does this work as a potential solution: If I sign my entire computer's hard ...