My IMac has been hacked!

Discussion in 'iMac' started by APPLENEB, Feb 3, 2012.

  1. APPLENEB macrumors newbie

    Feb 3, 2012
    Ok, I am officially freaking out! About a month ago, I was clicking around on my hard drive and looked at the files that had been accessed in the last week. To my surprise ALL of my very private uploaded pics had been accessed. At first, I thought it was my roommate because I was at work during the times the pics were opened. However, just yesterday I checked to see if those photos had been opened again... They had, and they were all opened just 2 minutes before I checked! There's no doubt someone has hacked into my computer and I feel completely violated. What are the steps I should take? To prevent this from happening again and maybe to find the perpetrator(s)?
    -Buggin out.
  2. bumzo1 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 31, 2009
    Dallas, TX
    it may have just been time machine backing them up?
  3. iMikeT macrumors 68020

    Jul 8, 2006
    Sorry about that, I'll try not to do it again.
  4. mmomega macrumors demi-god


    Dec 30, 2009
    DFW, TX
    I'd check Time Machine updates if they are near the same time as the files were accessed.

    Also do you have screen sharing or file sharing enabled in System Preferences-> Sharing

    If so, then anyone with a Mac (and knows your password) can remote in to your computer. Look for an extra icon in your menu bar that looks like a monitor screen.
  5. Amazing Iceman macrumors 68040

    Amazing Iceman

    Nov 8, 2008
    Florida, U.S.A.
    It could be Time Machine... or, someone with another Mac, connected via FireWire, started yours in Target Disk Mode and accessed your files.

    There are several steps to choose from to prevent this from happening.

    Or, you installed some doubtful software from one of those 'websites' and installed a trojan on your iMac. Beware of weird named Video Players, and special website access programs, like many porn emails want you to download and install.
  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    What makes you think your photos have been opened? The chances of any average user having their Mac hacked is ridiculously remote, unless you've given someone physical access to your computer.
  7. fenskezen macrumors regular

    Feb 6, 2011
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; CPU iPhone OS 5_0_1 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/534.46 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.1 Mobile/9A405 Safari/7534.48.3)

    If someone is looking at your photos, it's probably someone you know. Unless you have some real special or top secret pics, who else would want to see them? Any other files or things "looked"at? I think if you figure out who would want to see your photos you can backtrack to then see who might have had access to your PW or Mac ..
  8. derbothaus macrumors 601


    Jul 17, 2010
    How were you checking that they were "opened"? With what? iPhoto, Finder, or something else?
  9. mmomega macrumors demi-god


    Dec 30, 2009
    DFW, TX
    I know you can highlight files and Right Click->Show View Options and you can check Date Opened as option to be shown within Finder along with Date Created and Date Modified.
    On another note, hitting the spacebar to quick view a file does not mark the file as opened.

    Wondering if this is how he is seeing when the files were accessed.
  10. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Disconnect your computer from a network connection and see if it still happens.
  11. alksion macrumors 68000


    Sep 10, 2010
    Los Angeles County
    Same thing happened to my brother when he went to school. We had our iMacs checked to share everything between us and he forgot to uncheck them when he left.

    Many of the students (Mac users) in his dorm made jokes, but seriously telling him they could access everything on his computer haha.....
  12. 808? macrumors 6502a

    Aug 4, 2011
    Hong Kong
    Sounds like a Sharing issue, check your Sharing preferences.

    :apple: menu > System Preferences > Sharing > File Sharing
  13. maril1111 macrumors 68000


    Mar 14, 2010
    Turn timemachine off (if its on, and/or your network connection), turn every sharing option off and wait... see it the issue still occurs.
  14. mrskullfreak macrumors 6502a


    Jan 25, 2012
    michigan north detroit
    Lots of good info here.
    Something should help I hope.
  15. derbothaus macrumors 601


    Jul 17, 2010
    These dates can be notoriously not right. That's why I was asking.

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