I opened my Terminal today and saw this:

StaceysiPhone6s:~ jcz$ 

  • Who is Stacey?
  • Why is she in my Terminal?
  • What happened?
  • What should I be worried about?
  • How do I fix it?
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    I'd rather figure out what the problem is first...
    – Jeff
    May 1, 2017 at 15:57
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    @Awn not compromised - this is a known bug in Mac OS when it reads the DHCP logs for it's own internal hostname (instead of local hostname)
    – schroeder
    May 1, 2017 at 16:16
  • @Jeff I'd rather figure out what the problem is first... - there's no time for that, security is at stake here ;) May 3, 2017 at 14:01

1 Answer 1


At some point, your network assigned StaceysiPhone6s an IP address. Then, your laptop got that IP address. Your Mac then looked up the DHCP logs to find out who 'owned' that IP and found "StaceysiPhone6s". So, it used that info to set the local hostname value.

Example: https://apple.stackexchange.com/questions/30552/os-x-computer-name-not-matching-what-shows-on-terminal

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    Perfect, very reassuring. Thanks for not being so alarmist!
    – Jeff
    May 1, 2017 at 16:20
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    oh, I forgot to add: BURN YOUR LAPTOP AND ANY USB DEVICE THAT YOU EVER PLUGGED IN! And you should probably burn any flat surface it ever touched for good measure.
    – schroeder
    May 1, 2017 at 16:21
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    Not taking any chances, I'll start with self-immolation
    – Jeff
    May 1, 2017 at 16:23
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    Good man, you'll go far in infosec!
    – schroeder
    May 1, 2017 at 16:30
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    But that still leaves the question: Who is Stacey and what was she doing with her iPhone on your network? May 3, 2017 at 9:54

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