Questions tagged [spyware]

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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What information can mouse recorders get?

In comparison to keyloggers, mouse recorders do not seem to be able to obtain much sensitive information. For example, passwords, credit card numbers, email addresses, names, passport numbers, etc. ...
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Can my school see what I'm doing on my laptop at home?

I'm a bit paranoid, but I want to know if my school can see what I'm browsing while logged into my school account but on my home network with my own laptop. I have brought my laptop to school ...
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can a malware for iphone survive to hard reset?

My question is about a malware on the device Iphone 6s. Can a malware on Iphone survive to an hard factory reset ? The malware would be installed from the shop where I bought it.It's a second hand ...
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Can PCB's contain spyware?

I'm thinking about purchasing a keyboard PCB from someone overseas, but I'm not 100% sure if it's safe. The firmware I'm going to install is QMK which is open source and I feel safe using it. ...
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How can someone track work activity? [closed]

Problem: Recently we had an interesting thing which happened at work. My colleague was playing some Flash games at work and after some time someone from organization remarked about that and asked to ...
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How this tracking (and more) was done using an image in an email?

As reported in the NY Times, there was some type of electronic spying in a high-profile military trial. Its claimed that the prosecutors were spying on the defense: The court-martial ... has been ...
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WhatsApp spyware application through WhatsApp call [duplicate]

Probably everyone heard that there was high security vulnerability in WhatsApp this week https://www.forbes.com/sites/zakdoffman/2019/05/14/whatsapps-cybersecurity-breach-phones-hit-with-israeli-...
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Is there a “no-spy, no-backdoors standard” for telecom hardware manufacturing?

The BBC News article Huawei says willing to sign 'no-spy' agreements reports the following: Huawei has also said it is independent from the Chinese government, but some countries have blocked it ...
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Is there a software that would scan the ports automatically, then predict if there are any malicious activity going on, on my Win10 PC? [closed]

I've got this malware(or spyware as Kaspersky detected), from the USB storage device by purely a lack of focus. After scanning and defecting all the drives that are connected to my computer with ...
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Is my router spying on my network traffic?

I got a new TP-Link router a couple months ago, and configured it to use the OpenDNS domain servers for basic content filtering across all household WiFi devices. Everything seemed to be great. ...
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How can I securily use a pre-owned smartphone?

Is there a feasible way to safely use a pre-owned smartphone? For a PC/Laptop I would simply shred the contents of the hard disk drive before creating new partitions. If feeling paranoid, I might ...
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How to know if your work or home PC is being monitored or spied on?

I know it's not allowed to monitor employees' PCs without a reason or permission, however some still do it. Is there any way to find out if a spy or monitoring program is installed or running? What ...
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Is .UtConfig folder spyware? [closed]

I have a dozen or so new files as well. I am pretty certain the alvin file has something to do with spyware.
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Strange spam to my IG and email with my secret information

I got strange email recently telling that i have an affair and it listed my visited cities with my boyfriend last year. Also threaten to share my relationship with others. Something that bother me ...
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How can I know for sure if somebody has planted spyware on my device?

I have tried using several anti-spyware apps which are all really kind of confusing and none of which actually answer yes or no to my simple question.
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Eventviewer empty logs with English written in Cyrillic Greek [closed]

So a while ago I entered my event viewer on windows 10 and I noticed a bunch of weird entries. They look like they where written in English but with the use of Cyrillic and Greek alphabets. I am ...
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How can we prevent and detect any unauthorized screen capture and recording applications?

We may all have come across capturing and recording our own screen to save some information for ourselves, but how about other people doing so without asking? Let's have an example here: an attacker ...
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How can I detect spyware on a smartphone

I'm pretty sure there is spyware on my friend's phone deployed there by her ex. She asked me to find a proof and detect it. I usually sniff my network card with Wireshark to detect such spyware and ...
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Would sniffing all network traffic from android device to check for spyware be a viable solution

I suspect that my Google pixel (Android 9) phone has some sort of a spyware installed. There are no obvious symptoms like overheating, extreme data usage, or battery draining at an unusual rate. But I ...
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Suspicious new folder named .um in internal storage, google search says file is spyware

I am running Android 7.0 in a Samsung Galaxy J7 prime phone. Today, while using the phone, I suddenly found a folder named obj in Internal storage/Android, that had never been there before. It had the ...
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Is Verizon Still Injecting Perma-Cookies into Customer Traffic?

This article was published in 2014. Is Verizon still doing this to customer data? It makes sense to assume they are, but I'm hoping for some kind of official news article or something to validate its ...
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What is “Waiting for eb2.3lift.com…”?

I am using purevpn on Firefox, I have noticed that when I open the browser sometimes it hangs and on the bottom left hand corner it says "Waiting for eb2.3lift.com..." I tried to google this eb2....
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How to detect spyware over HTTP?

I am trying to detect spyware on my PC by traffic analysis. I am connected to a VPS (the sniffer) by a VPN and I am going to select all the sent data by the POST method. Is this correct? I mean the ...
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Is it possible for the firmware of an SSD be infected by malware/malicious rootkits via the internet?

I am asking this because based on Snowden's relevations, bad actors "interdict" (intercept) shipments of routers, HDDs, SSDs, servers, etc., install malicious rootkits and spyware in the firmware and ...
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Remove malicious rootkits and spyware from HDDs and SSDs

I have read at least twenty articles dating from the time Edward Snowden's startling revelations about rogue nations and bad actors embedding malicious rootkits and spyware in the firmware of hard ...
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Is This a Virus?

i want to ask about a program is it a malware or a program from mozilla? When i turn on my pc it start normally but i see an open program called update.exe and it have a firefox icon on it, when i ...
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Is it possible for a virus to be embedded in a image and can this image execute on Android Oreo by just opening the image?

I am aware that on Windows this is very much possible. But is it possible on Android (latest OS with all the security updates)? Can you install a virus/malware/spyware by just clicking on an image? ...
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How to find malware added in supply chain to Android phone?

As has become a mainstream news story many times over, some Android phones are being shipped with malware preinstalled, because they go from factory to a second party who adds the malware and then to ...
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What does Jingwang do and how is it distributed?

A month ago, the Open Technology Fund, which is some kind of anti-cyber-censorship project funded by the US government, posted a forensic study of a Chinese app called "Jingwang" or "Net Guard". A ...
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Police forcing me to install Jingwang spyware app, how to minimize impact?

Chinese police are forcing whole cities to install an Android spyware app Jingwang Weishi. They are stopping people in the street and detaining those who refuse to install it. Knowing that I may be ...
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Is there evidence to proof that Windows is spying us ? Are the anti-spy programs works and are they trustable?

Are there any evidences that Windows is spying the users ? Let's focus on Windows 10. I am almost sure it does. The things like telemetry and Cortana... However I never saw a proof like university ...
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MacBookPro's OSX install.log has entries that predate the initial unboxing

Basically what the title says. I recently had a look at my /var/log/install.log and the earliest entries are from about 2 full months prior to me unboxing the computer. The packaging had cellophane, ...
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Freaked out by “impossible click” in logs

I was staging an isolated production environment and accessing it's remote PHP script from my local mac on http://example.com/XbAM7Kt7SJj3M8ytJfEQZbwcBLzg0gNWGfyCHL2b0f0 I saw my click in the log as ...
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How to mitigate the risks of using new, third party imported electronic accessories?

As someone who is naturally good at recognizing risk and who are striving to maintain a wholistic view on security, I’m wondering how to evaluate and reduce the risks of hardware accessories (I.e. ...
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How can I sandbox a Wine application on Linux?

I would like to run Microsoft Office programs such as Word but do not trust them, nor should anyone. Without running a virtual machine, is there a good way to sandbox a windows application to run on ...
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Getting a M2IzYzlm.exe in task manager [duplicate]

Getting a M2IzYzlm.exe in task manager, It pops up after a certain interval of time and switches off my wifi, when I right clicked and tried to locate it, it shows a folder with a weird name inside ...
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Apple iPhone Security

How difficult it would be to install an application that could record users keystrokes on an Apple device, for example, an iPhone X, and send it online without the knowledge of the user.
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Is the house being spied on? [closed]

A friend of mine noticed that her ex-husband seems to be spying on her. For instance he knows about vacations they are going to take without anyone else knowing and showing up there. She already ...
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Refurbished laptop computer - any advice?

I just recently bought a refurbished laptop. I have seen stories of refurbished phones being sold with spyware, trojans etc installed on them. My question is, what steps should I take (outside of ...
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Suspicious redirect in Chrome

I was online and one of the sites randomly redirected to a site called mcafeesecurity.application-center.club. It was talking about how my mcafee has expired (my subscription is current). I scanned ...
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Commercially available spyware not getting detected

I guess everyone here knows those commercially available stealth PC monitoring software. I'm surprised that those trojans are hardly detected by virus scanners. All surveillance makers recommend in ...
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How is Facebook not considered spyware? [closed]

Recently, it was unveiled that Facebook's application in mobile phones (and messenger) have access to data that you didn't consent in their collection. Data that is completely unrelated to the ...
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Why is Blizzard's battle.net.exe and agent.exe always sending data over the network in the background 24 hours a day? [closed]

Blizzard, the gaming company that makes WoW, SC and Hearthstone uses battle.net.exe and agent.exe. When I close the battle.net application and don't have any games open, agent.exe runs in the ...
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Is crimeware defined by anything other than intent?

I'm learning about different types of viruses, and one category of virus is "crimeware." I read the wikipedia page for crimeware, and to me it seems that crimeware is just a specific usage of spyware. ...
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How can I know if someone is spying on my laptop at home? [duplicate]

So two years ago I had some stalkers and some seemed to know lots of things about me, so I want to know how can I find out if someone is spying on my laptop(home)and my android mobile phone.
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How does malware connect to FTP servers without revealing credentials to the victim?

Let’s take an FTP based passwords stealer, or some keylogger, that uploads the details of our victims to our FTP server. How do they connect back to our FTP server? As far as I know that for ...
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Can apps read other apps' RAM content on iOS?

Can iOS apps read the RAM contents/cache/data of any other arbitrary app? Assume that the following conditions applies: The device is using only official iOS (no hacks or "jailbreaking") Obviously (...
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Airodump-ng and my iPhone

Yesterday I run the Airodump-ng tool to check out the invisible. I noticed that in the client section there was a somewhat familiar name of a Probe. The person that this nickname reminded is a tech-...
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UserDataSvc_6038b: unable to disable this suspicious service

On Windows 10, I just discovered a running service named UserDataSvc_6038b. It's description is as follows: Provides apps access to structured user data, including contact info, calendars, messages,...
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Android app permission abuse

Is it possible for any given android app that has granted certain permissions (like for exampleViber - network access, file storage, microphone...) activate microphone whenever app is running even in ...