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Prevent Hacking Into My iPhone

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TonyP_Vil Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jul 8, 2011 7:47 AM

I am reading with some interest and alarm about the current news regarding the hacking into cell phones by one of Rupert Murdoch's news organizations, "News of the World".  When researching this, I also saw a news-clip that showed a hacked cell-phone allowing the pick-up conversations while not even being turn-on.  This is unreal!!  Though many sites that I "Googled" showed the spy-hacking going on, how this is specifically done was not clearly explained.


What I'd like to know is a simplistic explanation as to how someone can hack into my iPhone without my knowledge?  I can envision a hack if someone physically obtains and manipulates my iPhone without me knowing it and downloading some malicious software into the iPhone.  But how can this be done without physically obtaining my iPhone, and what can I do to prevent this from happening?  I have an iPhone 4. 


/s/ Tony

  • paulcb Level 6 Level 6 (18,690 points)
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    Jul 8, 2011 7:53 AM (in response to TonyP_Vil)
    • dont' jailbreak it
    • do put a passcode on it
    • don't loan it out
    • don't sync any PDF's of unknown origin to it.


    Follow this and you'll be OK.

  • roaminggnome Level 10 Level 10 (89,290 points)
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    Jul 8, 2011 9:20 AM (in response to TonyP_Vil)

    Extremely, extremely unlikely.

  • Rudegar Level 6 Level 6 (18,545 points)
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    Jul 8, 2011 9:45 AM (in response to TonyP_Vil)

    "can someone remotely hack into my iPhone?"



    hacking require a service being run

    like you going to a web site


    or you running a web/database/ftp server


    it just being open don't pose any thread

  • modular747 Level 6 Level 6 (15,780 points)
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    Jul 8, 2011 10:13 AM (in response to TonyP_Vil)

    Not at all.  Their cell phones were not hacked.  The newspaper hacked the voicemail which is located on the carrier, not the phone itself.  They listened to and deleted voicemail messages - they did not listen in on live conversations.

  • paulcb Level 6 Level 6 (18,690 points)
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    Jul 8, 2011 10:14 AM (in response to TonyP_Vil)

    You won't find a more secure smartphone than the iPhone 4.  All responders have told you the same thing... it's not an issue if used properly, plus I'm guessing you're not a "celebrity".  If you're still concerned, get a basic phone that only makes calls.  If you're a celebrity, have 'your people' deal with it.

  • deggie Level 8 Level 8 (44,915 points)
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    Jul 8, 2011 10:42 AM (in response to paulcb)

    If you read the coverage of this issue you will see that many of the people (including a 13 year old murder victim) were not celebrities and they didn't have "people" to deal with. And as modular747 correctly stated they didn't actually hack the phone so suggesting getting a basic phone won't work. They hacked the voice mail system, the actual device being present was not necessary, they just needed the phone number.

  • paulcb Level 6 Level 6 (18,690 points)
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    Jul 8, 2011 10:57 AM (in response to deggie)

    Geez Deggie, I was responding to his specific concerns about getting his phone hacked, not what actually happened in that particular case.  Plus the celebrity part was a joke based upon his comments... note the at the end.


    Lighten up a little, it's Friday!

  • Julian Wright Level 7 Level 7 (34,835 points)
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    Jul 8, 2011 10:58 AM (in response to deggie)

    The way the "media" have been reporting on this supposed phone "hacking" issue in the UK is quite misleading. It's giving the general public the false impression that phones can easily be "hacked" and phone calls listened into.


    However, as correctly pointed out a few times in this thread already the phones themselves were not "hacked" at all. The journalists (allegedly) obtained the mobile phone numbers from corrupt police officers, and dialled into the phone operators voicemail retrieval system, and were able to listen to and delete messages because the phone owners had not changed the default voicemail PIN code.


    Not exactly "hacking" as I understand the word to mean...

  • modular747 Level 6 Level 6 (15,780 points)
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    Jul 8, 2011 11:18 AM (in response to Julian Wright)

    In fact, from what I read, it's not clear whether it involved land line voicemail as well.

  • lizzieriot Calculating status...
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    Feb 16, 2012 2:09 AM (in response to TonyP_Vil)

    Okay so something similar just happened to me. I was sitting right next to my friend playing music on the spotify app that i had just downloaded and he received a message from my phone. I had not sent a text in over an hour. We kept replying to the text messages and what not. We restarted both of our phones and turned off our bluetooths. But he was still receiving answers to the questions we were asking. I do not know what is going on and have no idea as to how to resolve this. If anyone can help please do; i am freaking out.


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