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 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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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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What to do when I found a spyware that my spouse has installed?

Today I was trying to uninstall some application and I was very surprised to see this entry in my applications list Then I try to find what is this and I finally found it in "Program Files". After ...
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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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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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Why do a lot of Android apps (like Linkedin) require many unrelated privileges?

I wanted to install the Linkedin app on my Android phone and I was shocked when it asked for nearly all possible permissions including reading all of my private data and calendar data. Why does any ...
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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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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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Where to find papers / information about spyware, tracking and cookie problems?

I am right now working on a problem and looking for some papers / information about spyware, tracking and cookie problems. I am no expert in that area, so I lack the knowledge where to find material ...
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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 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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Can smartphone spyware work even if there is no data connection?

I am using android phone. Is it possible for spywares to transmit data even when I dont have any internet plan/connection ? Can it use some other way , say , cellular network etc ? EDIT1: SMS 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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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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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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Detect spy software on Symbian

I would like to check a Nokia N8 for possible software that might send any kind of data without my consent. Is there a specific tool to achieve this? Are there specific techniques?
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What can I do to make sure my computer isn't infected with FinSpy?

What steps have been taken by common free software OS distributions to protect against it? What can Windows users do? What ways are there to rid a system of it?
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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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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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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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Is this code harmful? Why?

Code: http://pastebin.com/kJ8ZGP82 That code gets retrived from http://ui.sidepage.co for every HTTP page I visit (not HTTPS) and load it into the body tag of the page. Is it harmful in any way? ...
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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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What are some ways to steal a password/PIN using this system?

http://cups.cs.cmu.edu/soups/2007/posters/p147_lim.pdf Essentially uses an on-screen keypad that does not show the complete keypad numbers at a time. The image is refreshed at the rate of the ...
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Why Parallels 8 installer looking into my Chrome's Cookies?

While trying to install Parallels on OS X I looked into Activity Monitor to find where is the installed Parallels located (it was weird that it stays invisible in Application folder). And than I found ...
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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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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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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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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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discover virus or spyware under Linux

I suspect to be the target of very skilled hackers. 5 or 6 years ago I found spyware on my Linux webserver, it was lkm masked as ppp_deflate module with md5 hash hijacked. I mean with the same md5 ...
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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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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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Can a Ubuntu live usb be infected with spyware/ virus?

I have a Ubuntu 13.10 live usb. I gave it to somebody so that he can install ubuntu. Now I have received it back. I was wondering if it is possible to infect a live usb with spyware or virus ? If yes, ...
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Android apk malware

I was browsing some website last night and that website suddenly sent me an apk called 'browser_update_install.apk', DrWeb light detect it and was able to delete it. My question here is about the apk ...
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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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How to tell if my laptop is being spied on

I've been trying to determine if there is malware on my OS X 10.9.3 Mac, that is could be doing keylogging or other forms of non-destructive intrusion. Given the (not technically based) suspicion I ...
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Identifying suspicious encrypted traffic [duplicate]

Firstly, I welcome a better title for this question. I admit I'm a security novice. I'm trying to determine whether I have malware and what that malware may be doing. Using Wireshark, I see several ...
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I think I downloaded spyware from an ad on tortoise-svn site

The other day in a rush to quickly download and install tortoise svn, I accidentally clicked on a big download button on an ad on their site and installed something that I don't see on my computer. ...
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Are flash cookies still a threat and that persistent?

One year (or more) ago flash cookies were really a problem, because they could not be deleted from within a browser. They were not managed by the browser but by the flash player. Flash cookies were ...
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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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Does keylogger see CTR+C and CTRL+V? [duplicate]

E.g. if I copy something from the email from my hosting company (name, password etc.) and paste it to the ftp client or some online form in the browser, do the keylogger get this name or password? ...
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BIOS spyware query

Is it possible that somebody who has access to my laptop can flash a new version of bios which does spying too i.e. recording keylogs, url browsed, downloaded files etc and send it to remote location ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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Why an attacker would use a trojan over a spyware?

I'm trying to figure out some possible attack scenarios for a project I'm conducting. I've read plenty of material about malware and, in particular, spyware and trojans. While it's hard to find unique ...
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Figure out how internet access is being monitored [closed]

I suspect that someone is monitoring my internet connection. Said person has revealed information about sites I visit and online conversations (Facebook) even when I am not using his/her network. ...
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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 ...