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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Does google classroom use your webcam? [migrated]

A few days ago I got kaspersky security cloud free and on opening google classroom, it popped up saying that google classroom was using my webcam. I checked that this was only when I launched ...
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IoCs of Pegasus spyware penetration

What are the indicators of compromise (IoCs) that indicate methods used by the Pegasus spyware on mobile phones? How is penetration still possible when the latest and up-to-date OS of the phone is ...
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Is Linux really not spying on us?

When I ask someone about Linux, people always say it's really safe and this OS doesn't collect your data and these are not spy operating systems. When I ask them "how?" they say, "...
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Is it possible for someone to spy on an Android phone without using spying apps?

Can a “bad guy” spy on an android phone without installing spy apps (those apps that require payment)? By “spying”, I mean using key logger, screenshots, read messages and so on. Is it possible to spy ...
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Android System Update Spyware Can Steal Your Photos, Money, Record Calls and Track You Too. What to do if this happens? [closed]

I came across this website and suddenly I got worried. What worries me is apart from the system update threat mentioned I have been visiting so many sites, clicked on pop-ups, downloaded apps from ...
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How is it possible for boss to know I am finding a job?

Today, when my boss talking with me, he suddenly said: No you don't need to worry about it, everyday you have 3 or 4 messages with agent in Linkedin right? I am very very surprised, because : I work ...
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School wants me to install a root certificate to connect to their network on my personal laptop [duplicate]

What would this do? I'm a bit of a beginner to root certificates so stay with me here, I Don't want it to be able to see what I'm doing at home.
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Could a workplace install a custom bios that gives them access to the system?

This might be the wrong place to ask this, and if so please point me in the right direction. Anyway, a family member works at a public institution where laptops are provided to the staff, which ...
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Can a antivirus software detect a malware that steals data?

For example, consider a software that wants to package all txt files in the /user/Desktop directory and upload them to its own server. I am not a programmer, but I know it can be done very easily with ...
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How should I configure my firewall using iptables commands to defend against hacking? [closed]

I need to add extra security to my Android device using iptables and a firewall to defend against hackers. My specific goals are to prevent a hacker from remotely breaking into my device to begin with ...
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Possible screen share in the background by Bitdefender [closed]

Recently I was chatting with Bitdefender support through their support center and one weird thing I noticed was that the support person would be answering my questions right after I sent them without ...
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Can Android spyware like Pegasus survive flashing of a new ROM?

I live in a country that is not fully authoritarian but is increasingly illiberal. State agencies have been caught misusing spyware to target activists and dissidents on multiple occasions. Given ...
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Can android spyware access photos of my phone

I have installed some mod apks on my phone few days ago and i am feared that if they contain any type of spyware then can they access photos of my phone?
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Do android spyware apps comes attached with games or mod apk files?

I have installed several mod apps of Netflix, amazon prime, games apk from google in android v10. Can spyware be installed through these apk. these apps have not taken much permissions from me they ...
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Current iOS Spyware/Stalkerware Capabilities [closed]

I have a child domestic violence victim I am trying to collect evidence from and coordinate relief for (remotely), but I have cause to believe her phone and/or identity has been hijacked in the past ...
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Work-at-home surveillance software: How do they install on Android devices?

Surveillance software allows employers to monitor all activity on PC and Android devices including screen, voice and chat. All of them, like FlexiSPY and Neatspy (compared here), endlessly list all ...
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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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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.