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I suspect my iPhone has key logging spyware. Any hints on finding and eradicating?
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Originally Posted by Bondadi
1. Care to explain why do you think your iPhone has a keylogger?
2. Fill in the following form: hardware, iOS version, jailbroken or not (if YES, who did it?), Cydia packages (maybe OpenSSH?)
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1. I KNOW that txt messages are being intercepted by a third party. I do not think email messages or phone logs are being captured by the spy. But I know unequivocally that the txts are being captured. That has led me to consider key logging.
2. The phone is an iPhone 4 (Model MC678LL) running iOS Version 4.2.8 (8E401). The phone is NOT jailbroken.
3. The spy has bee intercepting txts on both ATT and Verizon networks
Last edited by Bondadi; 06-30-2011 at 03:59 AM.
Then they probably work for the carrier you are using.
When I worked for a carrier - there were definitely a few people who legitimately needed to have the ability to view SMS messages (both live and limited historical) for troubleshooting purposes. Of course a properly run telco should have auditing in place to ensure that they know who views customer data and when.
SMSes to/from your phone have to go through your carrier's SMS gateway.
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Does someone have physical access to your phone? It would explain a lot of things.
Do you have some sort of Divert SMS activated (I'm not sure it's even possible with your carrier)?
If the messages are inspected by the carrier employees -- which is always a possibility -- there's nothing you can do. Except maybe switch to another carrier or avoid receiving/sending sensitive data via SMS. If it's about a casual mistress (hey, I'm not judging you) you just have to find another way. If it's about an automated system which sends sensitive data via SMS only, like a company sending updates/alerts, then talk to the people there.
However, the carrier should have strict policies about handling that data by its employees. If you KNOW unequivocally that your SMS are being captured, I will assume that you feel some kind of after-effect; that is, people knowing things they shouldn't. In which case, I really doubt those carrier employees use their access in good faith. To me, this is a really big deal.
Another possibility would be to have your phone jailbroken without your knowledge. Just as dev-team create benign jailbreaks to offer freedom to common user, there may be other people ripping dev-team work or even creating their own jailbreaks, for more malign purposes. It'd be foolish to assume the dev-team are the only people in the world capable to exploit an iPhone, either bootrom or userland. Remember, jailbroken does not necessarily mean Cydia icon on SpringBoard. It can be done without any visible trace. Anyway, if your phone is jailbroken, stealing text data becomes a walk in the park.
You can try to install any system monitoring tool (System Monitor or Core Monitor or whatever) that lists all processes and look for any suspicious process name. I know, chances are very slim, but hey, it's your SMS being read.
Otherwise, you can try to restore your phone and refrain from visiting shady websites, at least for a while. Also do not install fishy apps from untrusted companies. No fine, classy apps such as (I'm making these up) "Swimsuit Babes", "Bedroom Tricks", and "iJiggle" nor (I'm NOT making this up) "Big Brother Camera Security". Also, do not let anyone have physical access to your phone.
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