Help! iPhone data usage out of control?

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by Cataria, Sep 12, 2011.

  1. Cataria macrumors newbie

    Sep 12, 2011
    I think there's something very wrong with my iPhone. In the past few days (9/7 to 9/10, as listed on the AT&T web site), I have apparently used 3522.59 MB of data, with 1187147KB being used on the 8th at 12:20 AM, and 2373726KB used on the 10th at 11:57 PM. Not sure what I was doing on the 8th, but I was DEFINITELY sleeping at the time on the 10th. Besides, I've have my iPhone for almost a year, I know what I can and can't do on it, and all I did was email, Talkatone, and a little Facebook this entire week. Nothing beyond my regular usage.

    I have an iPhone 4 on iOS 4.2, and it is jailbroken. I haven't downloaded any new apps in the past month (App Store, Cydia, or otherwise), but I did update some App Store ones somewhat recently (over wifi, and not in the past week, so that wouldn't account for this ridiculous data usage). I have however run some App Store apps that I haven't run before.

    I honestly think I might have some sort of virus -- looking at my phone, I apparently installed SSH and completely forgot about it (I vaguely remember doing so now), meaning I never changed the default password. Or maybe one of those apps that I installed and never ran before might be doing something, but they were from the App Store.

    Anyone, help? I can wipe my phone as soon as I get home, but would it stop this if it is a virus? How deep does the reset through iTunes go? And should I do this -- in case this actually is a virus, is there a way to make an image of my phone in case someone wants to look at it?
  2. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    There is no virus.
    When AT&T reports usage is not exactly when the data was consumed.
  3. mikelegacy macrumors 65816


    Dec 5, 2010
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Also, ATT sends you a text when you have used a certain percentage of your data. When I get to say, 90%, they send me a text message warning me.
  4. Cataria, Sep 12, 2011
    Last edited: Sep 12, 2011

    Cataria thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 12, 2011
    Yeah, I got that message. I'm using overage data now. P.S. My billing cycle started on the 7th.


    I can accept that, but I have NOT done anything that would use 2 GB of data in one day and 1 GB a different day. Email, Talkatone, and a little Facebook is seriously all I did. I don't stream music. I don't stream videos. I didn't even update my apps. I noticed the weird amount of data usage on Friday morning, and I tried to use my phone as little as possible (only work-related things like email and my calendar that I had to use) to make sure nothing weird was going on. My average data usage per month is about 300 MB. I also live alone, nobody was playing with my phone either.

    I'm not one to call virus/malware/etc unless something really, REALLY screwy is going on.


    As a side note, how do I view the iPhone side of the data usage? I've been looking at AT&T's web site and the myAT&T app. The internet says go to Settings > General > Usage, but Usage is not on that menu at all. Is it different in iOS 4, or is this yet ANOTHER stupid thing going on with my phone? *headdesk*


    Also feel I should clarify that I only use Talkatone to receive/send text messages, not for calling. I'm not sure if it calls using VoIP or regular calls, but in any case, I haven't and never have used it for calls.


    Aaaaaaand another edit. One of my friends pointed out a botnet would be more likely. I agree with that. But if it IS a botnet, will changing the SSH password stop the data usage, or will the attempts to SSH into it also cause data to be used?

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