My iphone was hacked. How do I find out what software they used?

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  1. tresmith macrumors 6502

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    To make a long story short...

    This past weekend I let a "friend" use my iphone to make a call. She disappeared with it for a few minutes. When she came back and gave the phone to me I saw that something was in the process of being installed.

    I immediately put it in airplane and wiped it when I got home. I don't believe anything got stolen off my iphone...at least it was not given a chance to.

    I should have confronted her right then and there but I was in a bit of shock. It caught me off guard that someone I knew for over 5 years would do that to me. Just glad that I was aware enough to do what I did do.

    Now for my question...

    Out of curiosity, I want to know what software was used to do that. Any info would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. TheAppleFairy macrumors 68020

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    paranoid much? Is it remotely possible she didn't do anything other than make a call and you have apps automatically updating on your phone? Nobody touches my phone and I see stuff "being installed" all the time.
     
  3. keysofanxiety macrumors 604

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    Granting someone full access to your phone isn't hacking!

    Also when you said you saw something installing, could you be more specific? Did you see an app on your homepage begin to download or install? Or something else?

    Honestly I wouldn't worry; the gub'munt can't even "hack" an iPhone. It's unlikely that your friend did anything deliberately malicious. Probably just wanted a blast on Candy Crush or something.
     
  4. NougatDude Suspended

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    There are spyware apps that can be downloaded to a target phone and made hidden and it can track location calls text etc. just google them. You wiped/restored it as new so you are good. Just don't give your phone to anyone
     
  5. TPadden macrumors 6502a

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    To answe
    Whatever IOS version you had loaded was used to wipe your phone :rolleyes:.
     
  6. TheAppleFairy macrumors 68020

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    Why don't you google them and tell us about them, so we can tell you why you're wrong....unless you are specifically talking about a jailbroken phone.
     
  7. NougatDude, Jan 26, 2017
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    Duh. OP didn't say whether he was jailbroken or not.

    And seeing how there are so called software or ways to spy without a jailbreak but I haven't tested them that's also possible ohhhhh

    And seeing how he posted in the jailbroken section....
     
  8. ajay96 macrumors 6502

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    I'm pretty sure there's no way to get spyware on a non-jailbroken iPhone.
     
  9. NougatDude Suspended

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    Good to know
     
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    He put it in this section because he thinks it's hacked.
     
  11. NougatDude Suspended

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    Oh so he must have typed it in invisible 'ink' that his phone is in fact not jailbroken. Cool !
     
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    Trolls go on my ignore list.
     
  13. NougatDude Suspended

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    lol glad you picked up a useful skill in life
     
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  15. tresmith thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Geezus...what makes you think I don't know what I'm talking about? For you to come in with all this condescension.

    I know what normal iphone activity is versus some abnormal stuff happening on my phone.
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    Yes I know it's technically not hacking.

    When I got my phone back and checked it there was an all black screen like it was put in DFU mode with a technical term running across it. The term escapes me at the time. But it was along the lines of software going through the stages of being installed.
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    Thank you...a serious answer. That and I need to make better friends.
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    My phone is not jailbroken but I did give unlocked access to it.

    Judging by the comments it looks like that's what the software was meant to do.

    Jailbreak my phone in order to get full access/control.
     
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    Is this something we should just assume? You surely didn't show it in your OP. I am doing nothing more than trying to help someone who doesn't seem to know what's going on with his phone.


    You could have said that in your original post.
     
  17. keysofanxiety macrumors 604

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    Ok, I'm just a little confused about a few things:

    1) you said you put the phone into airplane mode. How did you do that if it was in a full screen something that resembled DFU mode?

    2) did you let them know your passcode?

    3) if it was running within the OS, did you double-tap to view all apps? Was that installer running as an application?

    I don't mean to come across as patronising, just a few things you've just said weren't mentioned in the original post.
     
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  19. tresmith thread starter macrumors 6502

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    When I got my phone and I saw the screen I pressed the home button and it went "away". Then I was able to put it in airplane mode.

    no I gave it to them unlocked.

    I did double tap to the view the apps sometime later but did not see the installer on the app tray.

    It's ok. Thank you for taking this seriously unlike some people.




    You could have just asked for more info like other people did.
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    I checked. Nothing in my history shows up as unusual. Plus she could have opened up a private browser.
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    This person wouldn't do something like this for a prank.

    Trust me on this. I know the person and I know my situation and she definitely did it for nefarious reasons.

    Like I said before. I need to make better friends.
     
  20. keysofanxiety macrumors 604

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    Or more likely just a prank. Ages ago there was an app you could run in the browser that simulated a Cydia install; lots of scary writing and all that stuff. It could well be something similar.

    OP said he gave it to some female friend for a few minutes. Got it back and loads of weird black writing came up simulating an install, so he put it in airplane mode. Airplane mode meaning it was still in the OS.

    Not to doubt the validity of it, but I'd wager there's barely a handful of people on MacRumors who know of an undocumented Safari exploit that works on the latest version of iOS. Yet we're to believe that some random had this knowledge. And then what? There's an exploit, so what do you do? What can you actually install or set up within a few minutes that will bypass additional security? And if it's so underhanded, why would there be a big ol' progress bar on the so called 'hack'? PLUS they gave the phone back to the OP during this 'install'...?!

    It just doesn't add up whatsoever. Could've been a YouTube video for all we know (not that I think it was, OP). My money's on a poor taste prank.
     
  21. keysofanxiety macrumors 604

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    OK. On the black background that you saw, was the writing white or green?
     
  22. TheAppleFairy macrumors 68020

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    I am still not convinced your phone was doing anything out of the ordinary.
     
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  24. tresmith thread starter macrumors 6502

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    white
     
  25. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Take your tinfoil hat off.
    Just because you saw an app installing or something displayed on the screen it doesn't mean she hacked your phone and installed viruses and spyware and all the dozens of assumptions you made.
    Did you even bother looking to what app she installed or bother asking her without blaming the Russians for hacking your phone? :D
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    Yes, a secret jb userland exploit created just to get into the OP's phone :D
     

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