0 Replies Latest reply: Oct 15, 2011 12:01 PM by Smokin' iPod
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Not a question but perhaps this can help others from having their privacy invaded ...


I have an iPhone 4 (using AT&T) and MacBook (running 10.6.8). Over the past several months someone was able to access my Gmail and Facebook messages no matter how many times I changed the passwords (including using Google Authenticator). This person wasn't interested in my financial information but instead attempted to use certain correspondences to ruin my relationship with my girlfriend (sent her old emails, Facebook messages, old pictures, etc.).


The information was sent intermittently to my girlfriend and I had thought the issue was done when I started using Google Authenticator in early September as the emails and text to my girlfriend (always sent from online anonymous services) seemed to stop. Then last week a Facebook friend sent me a photo through Facebook as an image attachment. I only accessed said photo on my iPhone and thought nothing of it. Then the next day that very same photo was emailed to my girlfriend (along with the "here's who he's having sex with now" foolishness). Also that day my girlfriend was emailed some recent text conversations between me and three female friends (again with more "here's his other whores" foolishness).


This was the first time I realized someone could actually READ my outgoing text messages without having direct access to my phone. And my phone, in addition to being password protected NEVER leaves my presence.


After getting AT&T, Apple and local law enforcement officials involved, here's what I found out:


1. No one from AT&T -- with the exception of their subpoenas department in Connecticut -- should be able to read incoming and outgoing text messages other than the parties involved in sending and receiving texts. The network is setup specifically for that reason, and even if the subpoenas department in Connecticut wanted to read individual text messages, they have to go through a lengthy process (so this eliminates the "it was someone from AT&T theory).


2. Facebook is hackable. Both AT&T and the folks at the Apple store said they are aware of Facebook users having their personal information accessed via their Facebook account.


3. AT&T will not pursue legal action or seriously investigage a violation of privacy unless contacted by law enforcement. But law enforcement won't issue a subpoena unless there's a specific threat (of violence or intimidation, etc.).


4. Your iTunes iPhone backup is most likely how my accounts were compromised. After spending an hour at the Apple store they said my situation is not common but it has happened before that someone could have put a keycapture application or somehow gained access to my iTunes backup and that allowed whomever to see any and all information coming and going from my iPhone.


The solution was a new iPhone (for free) with a new simcard, and they recommended wiping my Macbook and starting fresh. They also said do not backup my new iPhone from my previous backups and just start fresh with that as well.


yeah this is kind of rambling but perhaps this helps someone ... this was a total and complete pain in the butt