Concerned that my MBP was hacked!

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by gman901, Dec 10, 2007.

  1. gman901 macrumors 6502a

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    Here's the situation, I just moved into a corporate apartment with Internet access. When I booted up my MBP, my airport wanted to connect to an open access point. I used this access point because it seemed like it may have been part of the apt service. I left my apt for two hours and my wife used safari to look up some airline info. When I got back, I noticed two windows open on my desktop, one with my account library files and another with a window titled something like "files and extensions." The most obvious concern I noticed was that the name of my mac hardrive icon went from Macintosh HD to "/.../" I changed it back to Macintosh Hd, but I am now worried someone has access to my MBP and could possibly key log me or access my system again. My wife swears that she did not accidentally open or change anything and my 2 year old was in the other room. Should I be worried? My system runs fine, and I will install my Apple Extreme N router, but should I do anything else, like doing a clean install of Leopard? Please advise! Thanks!
     
  2. ibookos9 macrumors member

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    well maybe your 2 year old did it. thats why the odd characters
     
  3. hdsalinas macrumors 6502

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    My 1 1/2 year old Baby boy is tall enough to reach over the desk and punch a few keys. He has changed the name of my HDD a few times. More than likely is just him.
     
  4. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    Do you have your firewall activated? If so, it's highly unlikely someone got into it from the outside.
     
  5. noodle654 macrumors 68020

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    Why would anybody want to hack into your computer? If SOMEBODY is trying to hack your computer, he is most likely using a Windows computer. Windows does not mix with OS X. If anything, turn your firewall on. If it happens again, I would be worried.
     
  6. gman901 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks!

    :)Okay, I think you are all correct! I had my firewall turned on at the time this happened. I think the only reason I thought I may have been hacked is that I inadvertently connected to someone's open access point and thought he was not happy about it. Once I figured this wasn't a free access point, I was able to connect to the cable modem today through my Apple Extreme N router. I think everything is good now... no screens popping up or anything weird. Thanks for your quick responses!;)
     
  7. wildwobby macrumors member

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    WTF are you talking about?

    IF (Which is very doubtful), he got hacked it, it was more than likely from a Linux or another MAC. Windows is just a piece of **** operating system. And most hackers prefer to use the more adjustable Linux/Unix.

    It highly unlikely you got hacked. Just make sure your root/administrator password is secure, and don't turn on services you don't need (SSH, Apache, VNC, etc...) and it makes it nearly impossible to be hacked unless you hack yourself.

    Also, if you did get hacked, you wouldn't usually be able to tell by your desktop changing. Hackers mess with system files and such, not opening windows on your desktop.
     
  8. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    Be civilized, please.
     
  9. wildwobby macrumors member

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    Who do you think you are?
     
  10. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    I'm nobody.

    We're all here to have fun, solve problems and learn a bit. If someone has an opinion that doesn't sit well with you, then offer a constructive criticism (i.e., "civilized dialog").
     
  11. paul.b.davis macrumors 6502

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    perhaps he was simply pointing out that you are a cave man, therefore have no room to talk of being civilised
    :p
     
  12. wildwobby macrumors member

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    Hey, someone understood! :D
     
  13. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    :D
     

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