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 does spyware work, what different types are there? [on hold]

I'd like to learn how spyware works. What exactly do they do and how different types may operate? Please feel free to be as detailed as you like.
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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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Am I being spied on?

[chrome.exe] TCP 192.168.0.2:53959 ord30s21-in-f2:http TIME_WAIT TCP 192.168.0.2:53960 ord30s21-in-f2:http TIME_WAIT TCP 192.168.0.2:53962 www:http ...
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Suspicious addresses from netstat -b under chrome.exe [closed]

[chrome.exe] TCP 192.168.0.2:54827 69.172.216.55:https TIME_WAIT TCP 192.168.0.2:54828 69.172.216.55:https TIME_WAIT TCP 192.168.0.2:54829 69.172.216.55:https ...
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How can I detect which background application is using the camera, microphone or GPRS?

I want to learn how to write and Android application that can detect a run time spy application. In this instance, a "spy application" is a background application that uses the camera, microphone and ...
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Could the Fleximobile iPhone spyware be installed on a victim's iPhone just by having them connect it to a hacked computer via USB?

My computer recently got hacked and I want to know how likely it is that my non-jailbroken iPhone got hacked as well when I was charging it with my laptop. Btw, what other ways are there to see if ...
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Attacker knows what I do online and even has screenshots from my computer - how?

What can be achieved by hacking the Wi-Fi connection? Can you then use that to access somebody else's computer remotely, i.e., from their own house instead of across the street from me? I think ...
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What's a free recommended anti-spyware program for Windows? [closed]

Its been years since I installed an anti-spyware program. Keyloggers and other nasties might have gotten installed and so I'm looking for a program to flush them out. I used to use Spybot-S&D, but ...
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Random pop ups caused by add on in Firefox

I'm a bit conflicted. Firefox was open to it's default home page and after a few minutes of inactivity a new tab opens by itself to this (seemingly harmless) webpage: http://barisderin.com/?p=2264 ...
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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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Is there a foolproof method to remove spyware from Android smartphone?

I am owning an Android smartphone. I learnt that factory reset may not remove spyware as it might have corrupted the image being installed by factory reset. Is there a foolproof method which ensures ...
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Detecting when a screenshot is taken by a software (spyware) in Windows [closed]

Most trojaning, spyware and keylogger tools have the ability to take screenshots. Is there a way to detect if an app or software is taking a screenshot in Windows? Maybe a Windows API call or dll? ...
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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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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. I'...
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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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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 ...