Iphone 6 8.3 hacked

Remythic

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Hi guys. I think my iphone got hacked.

I was in imessages and it suddenly started to act on its own.

I was in a chat on imessage then on its own it went back then scrolled and opened another message. After it went back again scrolled and opened another message. In this one the guy scrolled up in the message then selected a text to copy. Then it went back again to the messages list and hit edit. Then selected the first and third messages to delete.

After i backed the phone to the home screen and powered it off. After i powered it on again i did.a reset with the power and home button.

Ive read about phantom touching and that the iphone cant be hacked or there isnt any hacks, but this looked more purposeful and didnt have repetative actions. It was scrolling, selectibg, long touch to enable copy option, and selecting on different parts on the phone like the edit button and selecting different messages.

Please help, i'm a little freaked out since there is location on the phone and personal info.
Thanks!
 

wepiii

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Let me take a wild guess... You were using a non apple branded lightning cable when this happened?
 

Remythic

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May 7, 2015
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Funny stuff... Its not jail broken and i did sone searching on it... What can it be then? Is it possible? Maybe he wanted bank info or info for id theft?

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No i only use apple branded cable, but it was plugged in. Does that matter?
 

Remythic

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May 7, 2015
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Trolls so hard..

Just trying to find a root cause. Anything is possible even if unlikely. Im not an idiot, i just dont dive in too deep in software related issues.

What can it be if the actions are all different? Long touch, swiping, different areas on the phone being touched
 

TheAppleFairy

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Trolls so hard..

Just trying to find a root cause. Anything is possible even if unlikely. Im not an idiot, i just dont dive in too deep in software related issues.

What can it be if the actions are all different? Long touch, swiping, different areas on the phone being touched

Not that anyone is trying to troll you, it's just nobody believes you. Including me, maybe you really believe this happened. Maybe it was a dream, or you were high....who knows, but either way it never happened.
 

Remythic

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May 7, 2015
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Does it look like im typing as if i am high? Im a mech engineer background and i do software testing for major automotive companies in the silicone valley. I am not a software programmer. This is why i am asking. I know what i saw, i test and report bugs everyday. This does not look like a buggy software and the actions are not repetitive or in some order that software behaves. Thats why i'm asking on this forum for anyone who has experienced a similar issue or maybe this is a known issue or if this is a hack. I dont know thats why im asking. Im being completely serious, thus answering questions people may have of any preconditions prior to the self action of the phone.
 

Remythic

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May 7, 2015
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So what is causing it? This phone is brand new acquired two weeks ago. Never dropped never spilled anything onto it. This a SW bug?
 

ardchoille50

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Perhaps it would be beneficial to take the device to an Apple Store and, if possible, reproduce the problem so they can see what is happening.
 

chrfr

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So what is causing it? This phone is brand new acquired two weeks ago. Never dropped never spilled anything onto it. This a SW bug?
I've had this happen periodically if I have a case on the phone that wraps up to the edge of the screen, such as with the Apple leather case, and if the screen is dirty. I attribute it to some salt or something making contact with the screen as it goes away if I wipe the screen.
 

GGJstudios

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May 16, 2008
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Hi guys. I think my iphone got hacked.
Unfortunately, many uninformed users are quick to claim hacking or viruses as the reason for unexplained or misunderstood activity on their iOS or OS X devices. Your iPhone was not hacked. It simply did something that you didn't expect or understand. Rather than claiming that your iPhone was hacked, troubleshoot to try to determine what caused the activity. Even if you can't determine the reason, your iPhone was not hacked. It simply doesn't happen to average users' unjailbroken iPhones.
 
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Remythic

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May 7, 2015
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Even if i had a video i wouldnt think you would believe it still. And yes Please stop posting fairy, your not being helpful anyway.

Anyways, thank you to all those who did reply with useful info. I guess i will just take the phone back and see what happens. But as far as i know its a brand new phone, not dirty, never had any previous issues regarding random actions, and I've never had any issues like this before with my iphone 4s.

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In my post i said i think i got hacked. Then as the convo went on i was trying to see if there was something else that caused the issue.
 

I7guy

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Nov 30, 2013
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Even if i had a video i wouldnt think you would believe it still. And yes Please stop posting fairy, your not being helpful anyway.

Anyways, thank you to all those who did reply with useful info. I guess i will just take the phone back and see what happens. But as far as i know its a brand new phone, not dirty, never had any previous issues regarding random actions, and I've never had any issues like this before with my iphone 4s.

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In my post i said i think i got hacked. Then as the convo went on i was trying to see if there was something else that caused the issue.
There are no known hacks to iOS 8.3 devices. Screwy hardware issues cause all types of weird stuff to happen.
 

XboxMySocks

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Oct 25, 2009
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Wow, so many useless ****ing replies here.

Your iPhone was not hacked. As a security researcher I can assure you nobody has launched a remote attack to your iPhone. What has happened instead is that you are using a counterfeit iPhone charger which is known to register false touches and events in the iPhone.

I suggest reading this really good article about them.

http://www.righto.com/2014/05/a-look-inside-ipad-chargers-pricey.html
 
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GGJstudios

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May 16, 2008
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What has happened instead is that you are using a counterfeit iPhone charger which is known to register false touches and events in the iPhone.
What makes you assume they're using a counterfeit charger? The OP has already stated they bought their iPhone new and they are using the Apple-branded charging cable. The article you linked is about counterfeit iPad chargers. The OP is discussing an iPhone 6, not an iPad, and certainly not an old style charger as described in that article.
 
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XboxMySocks

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What makes you assume they're using a counterfeit charger? The OP has already stated they bought their iPhone new and they are using the Apple-branded charging cable. The article you linked is about counterfeit iPad chargers. The OP is discussing an iPhone 6, not an iPad, and certainly not an old style charger as described in that article.
The article covers both types of adapters, and it's not very out of the realm of possibility to assume that OP has picked up a few dollar store chargers over the years. I know I have, even though I don't use them. For someone who doesn't know the difference (They exist in both types of chargers), it is not even remotely out of the realm of possibility that OP is using one.

I'm in no way insinuating that OP is a cheapskate or an idiot - just offering the most likely suggestion to his or her issue.
 

cynics

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This has been reported happening with non OEM charging cables. I'm sure the cause is complicated however I don't know it.

You mentioned it was plugged in when this happened. Logic would dictate that whatever causes this with a knock off charging cable maybe happening to yours even if it's OEM.

It wasn't hacked though. First if someone could hack your phone they wouldn't make it so obvious to use it like a virtual machine. Secondly, crazy touch (and mouse cursor operation for that matter) always looks like it's intentional and being controlled by someone else. But what were they copying? Useless stuff I bet and besides copying only copies to your clipboard.

Although people don't think about iOS is always hacked, it's called jailbreak. However I don't think (I could be wrong) it's available for 8.3 (YET). And typically requires the device in hand.
 

GGJstudios

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May 16, 2008
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The article covers both types of adapters, and it's not very out of the realm of possibility to assume that OP has picked up a few dollar store chargers over the years.
Since the iPhone 6 hasn't been around for years and isn't compatible with the old style chargers described in that article, it doesn't apply. Again, there has been nothing stated in the thread that would support those assumptions.
 
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