14 Replies Latest reply: Aug 5, 2012 10:35 PM by Bruce Nitro
Bruce Nitro Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

Hello iPhone users,

 

Recently a jealous x has managed to hack contacts in my phone, knows the right people to contact, and has been hacking/spoofing my number sending lewd text messages to them from my number and vise versa.  In a bad attempt to cover themselves up they sent the same messages from their phone number to one of my friends then denied it was them (as if to say their phone number is being spoofed too).  The loophole in their plan though is that AT&T confirms the texts were sent from their phone to my friends phone (indicating it wasn't a spoof) but doesn't show any texts sent from my phone when I'm being hacked/spoofed.

 

I've tried getting help from AT&T, the FCC, and Police to do something about it.  AT&T just said "sorry this is happening but we can't give you any information or do anything about it.  It's not our problem." The FCC said, "wow technology is scary huh."  The Police said "this is a childish issue" and wouldn't even take my report.

 

So what can I do to safeguard myself in the future since obviously no one cares to help?  Apple is the last place I'm going to. 

 

Obviously iPhone security is vulnerable.  I am getting a new iPhone with a new number and new service provider today.  But since my phone has already been hacked, what can the person see?  I'm assuming they could have my email and passwords since I've used them on my phone.  Same with my Apple ID.  Is there any way they can hack into my computer from my iPhone?  Or hack into my next iPhone I get?  Do I need to set up a new Apple ID for my new iPhone and if so how do I transfer all my apps from my old iPhone to my new one? 

 

I'm really scared to try to move to a different number and provider and have this keep happening to me especially because no one cares to help catch this person and tell them to stop.

  • 1. Re: some has hacked all my iPhone data.  What do I change?
    KiltedTim Level 8 Level 8 (37,815 points)

    I serously doubt anyone hacked your phone or spoofed your number. More likely they have set up iMessage on their iPhone using your e-mail address. Chang your password.

  • 2. Re: some has hacked all my iPhone data.  What do I change?
    Bruce Nitro Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Yes they are hacking into my phone.  In fact they've deleted ALL of my notes today.  So much for everything I put in there.  I don't know how you can do that from an email address btw.  This means it's hacked.

     

    On top of hacked yes my phone is being spoofed.  The person is texting other people and it comes up from my phone.  He also texts from my friends phones to my phone.  He does the same thing with calling.  How do they have my phone numbers and their phone numbers if he just hacked into my e-mail address, especially when I don't email most people I call and text?  And they are texts, not iMessages, because my other friends don't have the iPhone.

     

    And yes I changed my password. 

     

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  • 3. Re: some has hacked all my iPhone data.  What do I change?
    KiltedTim Level 8 Level 8 (37,815 points)

    No, they have NOT hacked your phone. There is another phone set up with the same Apple ID. And you're using iCloud, which means that phone is syncing the same contacts, notes, etc. If they delete them on the other phone, it will delete them from iCloud, and sync those changes to your phone.

     

    Is anyone else in your household using the same computer you are to sync an iDevice? That could also explain the changes re: your notes.

     

    As for SMS messages and calls, the only way I can see what you're describing happening is if someone managed to clone your SIM.

     

    Based on the symptoms, BOTH of these things have to have taken place.  If that's true, you need to talk to AT&T. Most likely you'll have to change your phone number and get a new SIM.

     

    If your phone isn't jailbroken, it's not hacked.

  • 4. Re: some has hacked all my iPhone data.  What do I change?
    Bruce Nitro Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Sorry KiltedTim but one part of your advice is based off of faulty assumption.  I am not using iCloud.  I have not ever used iCould.  What is giving you the idea that I use iCloud? 

     

    I called AT&T.  I've already said this.  It's in my original post.  They can do nothing about it. 

     

    And yeah, I'm changing my phone and service provider.  I will also never ever use iCloud, as I never have in the past.  iCloud is just one big super computer that makes it much easier for hackers and Apple to peer inside everything you do.

  • 5. Re: some has hacked all my iPhone data.  What do I change?
    KiltedTim Level 8 Level 8 (37,815 points)

    Well, you have to be syncing your contacts with something.  Google. Yahoo. An Exchange account.  Someone has compromised that account. Whatever it is!

     

    You don't seem to be interested in actually figuring out what's going on here, though. You're convinced you know everything there is to know about it.

     

    If you really think it's your ex, call the police.  In case you haven't checked the news lately, that's a felony.

  • 6. Re: some has hacked all my iPhone data.  What do I change?
    Bruce Nitro Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Well, I'm not syncing my contacts with anything.  In fact up until yesterday I had no idea I could put everything to my Address Book as I had been adding and deleting contacts manually.

     

    I am interested in actually figuring out what's going on.   You've given some suggestions so thank you for those.

     

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  • 7. Re: some has hacked all my iPhone data.  What do I change?
    daniela252 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi, I was wondering if you'd managed to figure out what happened here?
    Because my boyfriend is having the same problem he says. At first I didnt believe him because I thought it was impossible but then I saw this and now Im not sure. There were alot of strange emails that seemed to know enough information about him to be convincing and yet were out of character, many with the tagline 'sent from my iphone' and the emails were replying to ads and sending pictures from his iphone and from his facebook. The emails also sent out his phone number. Also his facebook and skype had some weird things and his email inbox and there were alot of accounts for profiles that were created signed up to that email.
    Is it possible for someone to do this? He has the habit of leaving his phone lying around, like forgetting it on shelves in shops for ten minutes before realising it's missing.

  • 8. Re: some has hacked all my iPhone data.  What do I change?
    delt530 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    This exact thing is currently going on with me. It started about a week ago and i thought it was a software update with a problem, so i did a restore on my phone.  Heres alittle background: my friends started recieving calls from my phone, they did not appear in my outgoing, but i could see me multiple calls on their incoming call list.  I also was getting these calls from them.  We dubbed it "ghost" calls because no one was on the other end.  I then started to recieve text messages from someone who informed me they had been doing this to my phone.  Each message i recieved from them came from a different number, never the same one.  I recieved 5 messages from different numbers.  Whats even crazier they said they were going after 2 of my friends that are dating, and they used my phone to make me "break up my friends." I already changed my AppleID, my password, unlinked my accounts from my phone, but have left my phone off.  This spoofing of the iphone is real. I have changed every password that has been used on my phone.  (i did this after the initial issues with my phone, and it still continued).

  • 9. Re: some has hacked all my iPhone data.  What do I change?
    deggie Level 8 Level 8 (46,525 points)

    Yes, spoofing of phone numbers is real, there are sites that you can use to do this. But they have not hacked your iPhone to do it. The only way they could have done so is if they had physical access to your iPhone to put spycode on it. And it would have to be jailbroken. Is your iPhone jailbroken?

  • 10. Re: some has hacked all my iPhone data.  What do I change?
    delt530 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Deggie, thanks for the input here. My phone is not jailbroken, and has never been out of my physical control.

  • 11. Re: some has hacked all my iPhone data.  What do I change?
    deggie Level 8 Level 8 (46,525 points)

    Then someone, who really doesn't like you, is using the net to spoof your phone number. If they know your email address they will probably spoof it at some point also. Both of these points would tend to point to someone who either is a nerd or malicious hacker and has the skillset to pull this off or has the money to pay someone to do it.

     

    That should narrow down your list a bit.

  • 12. Re: some has hacked all my iPhone data.  What do I change?
    delt530 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    i'm convinced it is a spoofing. what i wonder is for my friend, they sent me every message that person sent from their iphone that day.  I recieved 115+ (stopped counting) text messages that they sent to other people, somehow they copied all of those, and sent them to me.  do you think they had access to their imessage and did it that way?

  • 13. Re: some has hacked all my iPhone data.  What do I change?
    deggie Level 8 Level 8 (46,525 points)

    It is possible, all they would have to do is know the email address and password they are using for iMessage and then put it on their device.

  • 14. Re: some has hacked all my iPhone data.  What do I change?
    Bruce Nitro Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Hi daniela252,

     

    In my case a jealous person who worked for AT&T was able to log in to my account and send messages from my phone number.  I verified this was possible by logging in onto my AT&T account online, sending a message, and seeing how the text appeard on anyone's phone from "my phone."  I found out who the person was and even though provided evidence to AT&T, the NYPD, and FCC, they all put their hands up and said "why don't you just switch providers." 

     

    So I switched providers.  No hacking since.

     

    In your case your boyfriend needs to get a new provider and number, i.e. start clean and be careful whom he gives out his new number to.  Whoever is hacking him is probably going to get away with it due to lack of regulations and reinforcement from an apathetic government.  So it's best to start new so that hacker is cut off completely.