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Have I been hacked?

814 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: Nov 26, 2009 10:28 AM by etresoft RSS
JiminSF Calculating status...
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Nov 26, 2009 7:29 AM
Yesterday I rebooted my system and immediately after logging in to a non-admin account, I was prompted for admin credentials by the loginwindow app to make a change to system preferences. I am very suspicious because I had not yet launched any apps at all. I had installed a couple of apps before the last reboot (Flash and Adium), but it does not appear that either was adding anything to the system preferences, let alone anything that would change them after the reboot, does anyone have any ideas what would cause this other than a hack? I'm new to OS X and the message about loginwindow changing my preferences was totally uninformative about what the actual change was and I can't seem to find any info about how to track this down this anywhere.
iMac 27 i7, Mac OS X (10.6.2), 16GB/2TB Model
  • etresoft Level 7 Level 7 (23,880 points)
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    Nov 26, 2009 7:41 AM (in response to JiminSF)
    You haven't been hacked. Some programs prefer to install support files or login items in a user's account instead of in a system area. I think Adium does this. The only way to do this is to install the files when the application runs.
    MacBook 2007 (white), Mac OS X (10.6.2), 2.0 Ghz/4GB Ram/200 HD
  • etresoft Level 7 Level 7 (23,880 points)
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    Nov 26, 2009 7:49 AM (in response to JiminSF)
    My explanation was mostly a guess. You can get more details if you run Console.app and look at the log files.
    MacBook 2007 (white), Mac OS X (10.6.2), 2.0 Ghz/4GB Ram/200 HD
  • etresoft Level 7 Level 7 (23,880 points)
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    Nov 26, 2009 10:28 AM (in response to JiminSF)
    No. It's fine. You haven't been hacked by anyone other than perhaps Adobe.
    MacBook 2007 (white), Mac OS X (10.6.2), 2.0 Ghz/4GB Ram/200 HD

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