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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Is VirtualBox safe and is it possible its spying on the user?

I'm looking to install a virtual machine and since Hyper-V is not available for my Windows 10 production version I'm forced to decide between VirtualBox and VMWare. VMWare looks much more modern and ...
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Can I be screen-recorded without my knowledge? Is it possible?

If an enemy company's hacker has Remote access to my computer (RAT), can they spy on me and screen record my activities for proof without me knowing it? Can they screen record all my internet ...
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Why governments use spywares instead of just redirecting traffic to their own servers by announcing a new path on BGP?

I was reading about The Hacking Team on Wikipedia. It produces "offensive intrusion and surveillance capabilities" and sells it to "to governments, law enforcement agencies". Its ...
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Does factory resetting a phone erase spyware?

I thought that there was spyware on my phone so I did a factory reset. Would the spyware be gone or it will still exist even after a factory reset?
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Desperate for removing spywares from both iPhone and Mac PC [duplicate]

I hope this is the correct stackexchange website to ask this, if it's not I'm sorry. Some time ago I started giving private lectures to a girl and she told me, a computer engineering student, that ...
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Is it really safe to use Signal or Telegram on untrusted phone hardware?

How safe are we when we use phone hardware from untrusted manufacturers and use end-to-end encrypted communication like Signal and Telegram? Are our conversations really safe from keyloggers or ...
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Possibility of spyware on a refurbished router? [duplicate]

I saw a refurbished router on sale on Amazon for a good price and wanted to buy it. How likely is it that someone could buy these routers, install a custom firmware with spyware? I know spyware has ...
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Do schools save your search history on their computers they issue out? [duplicate]

So I received a laptop from the school and I was wondering if your logged into your own home network but signed into the computer (not in like a google account but like when your first turn on the ...
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Is there any Windows HIPS software that supports file and registry access control?

I Have been using COMODO Firewall and HIPS for many years, which can block writes and executes but not reads. My threat model has changed to include spyware with trusted digital signature, which by ...
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Does keylogger detects the virtually typed key? [duplicate]

So I was creating a window application using tkinter and pywinautogui which fill forms by directly sending keys(without typing on keyboard) . My question is does keylogger detect those virtually typed ...
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Chrome Malware, Redirects To Ad When I Click Link in Google? [duplicate]

I've been dealing with this Chrome malware for awhile now, and I can't identify where it's coming from. Very occasionally, when I click on a top link in Google, it'll redirect me to a site that looks ...
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Re-use an old employer's laptop and avoid monitoring software

I still have an old good laptop from my ex employer that they never requested at the time I left (i assume it was old already by then) I would like to reuse this computer and not have the risk of ...
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Why did I never see those “spy signal jammers” for sale?

I recently watched a 1980s computer television programme about the problems of spying. Basically, they showed how anyone could buy relatively cheap and common hardware and then be able to sit outside ...
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Can cellphone packets be read by someone who only has your phone number?

I got an IM from a person I recently got acquainted with this year. In the text message, he asked me if I knew the name of the website you download free ebooks from (libgen.is) I found it really weird ...
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Android tv box has been compromised [closed]

how can I get remote access to android box the the other people has to it ?
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Can potential NSA spyware be detected and/or removed?

Just out of curiosity (and because it sounds fascinating) . With all the Snowden revelations, it sounds like nsa has the ability to infect computers with some sort of spyware. I'm asumming these ...
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How long does it take to have spyware installed on a laptop?

During my commute from an airport located in a country whose government is known for intrusions into the privacy of its citizens and non-citizens, I had my laptop taken from me during a routine ...
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Understanding firewalls [duplicate]

I would like to understand how firewalls work in details, and understand the attack surface. TCP and UDP I understand that TCP and UDP are easy to filter. Programs on a computer need to ask the OS ...
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Under what conditions can malware bypass macOS Catalina's permission system? [closed]

Catalina has some new security features which include System Preferences > Security & Privacy features, which requires apps to request access to specific computer functionality such as camera, ...
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Why do firewalls focus on tcp and udp?

From what I can see, most firewalls seem to focus on tcp and udp. Why is that? Is it impossible or at least very unlikely for malware to use other protocols/custom protocols?
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Spying apps: Android mic and camera access

Can android lollipop 5.1.1 apps which have permission to access mic and camera access them when the app is not running? I woke up to the news by the NYT that a popular app I had previously downloaded ...
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My home router has been hacked, what can I do? [closed]

My router has been hacked and all devices have had some sort of spyware installed (Don't ask me how I know this, just please take my word for it). Since they can see everything I do on my devices, ...
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How can you stay safe from spyware used by governments? [closed]

It is a fact that antivirus software can't detect all the spyware/viruses/malware that exist. And when they get detected, new ones are created. An example is the pegasus spyware for ios created by ...
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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 from ...
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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? ...