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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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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 a spyware over http?

I am trying to detect a 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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What is “mapuser” download from usync? Malware? [duplicate]

I saw a recent post with the same question but I'm unable to comment on it as it's on hold. When Mom logs into Hotmail a download box appears at the bottom saying mapuser?providerid=,,,(345 ...
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How to load spyware through a text?

How is it possible to load spyware through a text or phone call? The target phone is always password protected.
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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 ...
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Possible EternalBlue Infection, Next Step? [duplicate]

Sorry if I messed up in any manner, e.g. title, details, tags, layout, venue, response plan, etc. I know a little of the stacks and security in general. Short Version: I found material on my other ...
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How to detect ELSA installation on Windows?

ELSA is a CIA tool used to track down location of any Windows and of its current user through Wi-Fi environment tracking. This tracking is operating, whatever the Windows GUI says about the Wi-Fi ...
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Are anti-cheat software (VAC, EasyAntiCheat, BattlEye, etc.) considered as potential threats?

Anti-cheat softwares are often flagged by antivirus as malware before they’re manually added to the whitelist, under the assumption that the people behind the anti-cheat act in good intention, and ...
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Can Windows Theme files (aero.msstyles) be sideloaded with spyware in their resources, specifically in UI scripts

Short version: topic Detailed version: I want to use a specific 3rd party theme for Windows. I'm already using an open source solution which I've compiled myself to disable Window's restriction on ...
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How to detect if a Windows application is secretly taking print screen and sending to a remote server?

I recently installed a trading application from an apparently legitimate source. It is connected to a remote server and run in administrator mode. I wounder if it does malicious activities without our ...
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How to restrict third closed source process to read only own folders on Linux? [closed]

I have DropBox, Opera, Steam and others third closed software on my ArchLinux. I don't trust them, so I want limit its to read only its own folders aiming security and privacy protection.
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Windows 10 hacked? [closed]

I've had a very strange experience with Windows 10, where the notification bar, the calendar bar, the start menu all started to pop up and off, and I lost control over my mouse cursor which was ...
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Webcam on MacBook Pro turned on randomly, and wouldn't turn off. What spyware/malware to look for? [duplicate]

I have a 2015 MacBook Pro, and tonight when I opened my laptop, FaceTime was open and my webcam light was on. I never open FaceTime on my laptop, and I know for sure that the last time I closed my ...
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How unsecure is entering personal information via the keypad when phone banking?

A lot of banks I have dealt with require the customer to enter their customer number, internet banking password (or phone password) and date of birth all via the phone keypad, prior to being connected ...
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Android: no-name app without the ability to remove it

Sorry if it's the wrong section, but I don't know where to post it: Yesterday, I downloaded an apk outside the playstore and like a newbie (shame on me), I didn't check if it was secure or not. It ...
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Is it really possible to install spyware on a cell phone without having access to it?

A friend is concerned their phone may have spyware on it. A quick search on the web returns a lot of results for software/apps that you can buy to spy on someone's cell. Based on researching this ...
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Install spyware through wifi or vpn

Suppose I connect time to my company's WiFi with my Android phone, or through a VPN with my laptop. Is it possible for someone install spyware (keylogger, etc.) on my device to spy my browsing ...
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Defeating audio spyware with low-tech

Malware can target camera and microphone and make them secretly record what's going on around the laptop. However, defeating camera spyware can easily be done with a piece of tape, something the FBI ...
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I live in a homeless hostel and the manager has installed a VERY invasive spyware on my computer [closed]

Background I'm sure there are very similar questions being asked. My situation is unique in that this sort of thing has happened to me before, but with significantly more malice. It seems one ...
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Using Tor if you're being watched

I'm not as paranoid as it sounds - just a curious idea. If you're being watched by a specific organisation, national security or foreign power etc, my assumption would be that they would watch your ...
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What is the most secured UEFI publicly available?

It is very scary to know that spywares were installed on some largely commerciallized laptops at the BIOS level. Example: Lenovo ThinkPad spyware What UEFI would you recommand to have in order to ...
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How to protect a PC against sensitive data access by malicious app/driver

As a software developer I frequently work with various USB-attached peripherals in the prototype stage and their drivers. Sometimes the peripherals come from companies that I do not know well or ...