Questions tagged [hacking]

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Accidental SSH to address

Usually when I am doing some development on my mac, I ssh into a virtual machine running on my computer at a 172 address. However, when I was ssh ing into it today, I accidentally mistyped the address ...
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How do I prevent Remote Access to my Mac?

I think I'm being hacked. (This is a theoretical scenario, based on a real occurrence.) I have clear evidence that someone unknown is able to remote access my Mac. The Mac wakes unexpectedly, the ...
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iPad displays a notification asking me to unlock it to use USB accessories, while nothing was plugged in

My iPad just displayed a notification “unlock iPad to use USB accessories” or something. Nothing was plugged in. Other details: Bluetooth was on and an Apple Pencil was connected. There was a keyboard ...
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Why are foreign items appearing in my Spotlight?

I accidentally put in @_ in my search bar in my iPhone Spotlight and all kinds of strangers' accounts appeared. All mostly specifically from Ukraine, about Ukraine, Ukraine news, and also about ...
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How to make a larger iPad by changing screen and case?

Do you know of any attempt to hack an iPad and make it larger by using a larger screen and a custom case? I know iPad screen can be reused : recycling retina iPad screen as monitor. But I'd need the ...
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In Finder, Mac showing under Devices "Update"?

I just downgraded from Big Sur to High Sierra and now in the Finder menu, it is showing Remote Disc and Update. I have attached an image, is this normal ??? also found this unusual does this look ...
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I don’t know if I am being hacked

Basically I wanted to open my MacBook Air and when I started writing in my password all letters were in all caps. Therefor, I plugged in my keyboard and it worked on the email Registration but not on ...
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How do you hack an administrator's account without being caught? [closed]

I am using my school computer but pretty much anything fun i can do on it is blocked, so I want to try to hack the administrator's account so that i can actually have fun on it - without being caught, ...
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Track files transferred from unauthorized user on private WiFi

I was hacked yesterday and from what I see, it looks like it was someone who lives with me and shares WiFi. Is there a way to find on Mac where my files were sent to and the device id, type, or ...
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Extreme hardening of my Macbook pro from physical hacking

Is the a way to double encrypt my macbook pro? I have followed a guide to harden my macbook pro but I wanted to know if I can harden it more. I have for example used file vault to encrypt my disk and ...
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How can I trick programs to believe that a recorded video is what is captured from my MacBook Pro camera in realtime?

When sitting in daily long google meets meetings the thought struck me if there is a way to record a video that I could loop as my avatar. This way I could make biceps-curls while it looks as if I am ...
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Accessing my school admin's username & password to un-install the securly certificate on MacBook Air

Well, I've been having a lot of issues with Securly recently, as it's been blocking me from every site that I wanted to go on, like pixilart.com. Anyway, it just says that "it's not allowed by ...
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MacBook Pro cannot find keyboard and searching for keyboard for 1-2 minutes

I never use a wireless keyboard or mouse. I do use a wired keyboard and wired mouse. I've noticed on several occasions when I unplug and move to a different location without those accessories, for a ...
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I have a problem to install the SETOOLKIT ON mac

I need your help. I want to install the setoolkit on my mac, and i found this instuction on internet: https://www.cybrary.it/blog/0p3n/social-engineering-toolkit-os-x/ I followed all of these steps ...
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Mac being hacked? Failed login attempts not by me

A couple days ago I opened my MacBook Pro (2015) and it didn’t ask for the password and automatically opened up to my desktop. This shouldn’t have happened since I set my Mac to ask for password 5 ...
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How to get (my father's) Macbook Password

I first want to apologize if this is not allowed, I am super new to this website and I am desperate for information. As the title says I am wanting to find out my late father's Macbook password. He ...
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Is it possible my neighbor could hack in and read my files on my Macbook?

I have a very sneaky neighbor who is a state cop and wouldn't put it past him to try and hack into my network or computer. Oftentimes I find files open that weren't open. He is obsessed with us and ...
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How can I know if my macbook is hacked?

Today when I turned on my macbook I could see that the Desktop Background has been changed to Yosemite picture. Then right after clicking on Change Desktop background... the background changed to the ...
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Thunderstrike 2 Mac Malware and other serious Apple exploits: how to effectively check?

As lowendmac in February 2018 reported, the Thunderstrike Mac Malware had been patched in 10.10.2, but it effectively has to be checked as some users and Macbook (Pro) models "never had the protective ...
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IOS device kid changed screen time passcode and claims he did not , help me catch him

My son has a iphone xs. we set a screen time passcode becasue he kept turning off his phone location. and then next when i loooked at the phone, the same restrictions were showing locked. i changed ...
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Unknown device listed in iphone health app Data access and Devices

I have recently been concerned about activity on my Iphone 5e due to missing info and other concerning changes that I do not remember enacting, nor do I have reason to (accident is unlikely) -...
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Can I install a custom OS on iPhone 5s?

I got myself an owned iPhone 5s to have some fun. Today I got extra adventurous and would like to try some "unofficial" operating systems like Android and postmarketOS. Unfortunately, a quick search ...
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Apple ID password compromised - 2FA rescued - What next?

I have a Mac, iPhone and an iPad. I use my Gmail account for the Apple ID and one day, I received a notification on my phone that someone is trying to login with my gmail account. The two factor ...
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Create iOS 13 Light/Dark wallpaper

Does anybody know what kind of file are the wallpapers that came with iOS 13 that change with light / dark mode? I’d like to make one myself.
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Is there an existing hack to play audio on someone’s iphone as a prank?

I have this old iPhone 5c which I believe isn’t supported anymore, doesn’t get updates, leaving it’s security vulnerable, I imagine. This morning while browsing a distorted voice came from the 5c. It ...
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How to get rid of an spyware on iPhone 8 called News?

I've been suspecting my iPhone to be hacked for quite some times now. After setting the two-factor authentication system on it earlier this week, a connection attempt has been made by someone else (I'...
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Most compact solution for external monitor for 2011 MacBook Pro

My MacBook Pro's dGPU failed and I did the software "fix" where I am forcing the use of the integrated GPU. Unfortunately because of disabling the dGPU there is no way to connect the external monitor ...
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Received an email saying someone has hacked my email account

I received an email saying that someone has hacked my email over 6 months ago and they say that through it they have infected my operating system with a virus. They say they have access to all my ...
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Getting spam on my Apple email from just one company

I have an email address that I only use for official communication with the Apple Corporation. I have no phone and have only used this address when registering my iPad and the payment mechanism for ...
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Someone in China tried to log into my AppleID account. What should I do?

I am a US citizen who volunteers for a human rights organization and noticed my iCloud account had a login attempt by someone in Nanchang, China I'm not sure if I should fear of my personal safety, ...
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Two-way firewall (outbound/inbound protection) in macOS

Does macOS have a two-way firewall (outbound/inbound protection) present?
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iPad 2 can't update past iOS 9.3.5

My brother gave me his iPad 2. It doesn't update to iOS 10. How can I get it to allow me to download apps like Netflix. I know Apple cancelled the older version on iPhone and iPad to not be able to be ...
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Is my mac being hacked by a user called Guatoan? And how can I remove this user?

I recently visited a website and on pressing a link another window automatically opened saying the website had found a virus on my laptop. Obviously this was a scam so I returned to the original ...
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Has my iPhone security been compromised?

I just had something really concerning happen to my iPhone 6s (iOS 11.3.1, I update my apps everyday, not jailbroken). I was on the YouTube app when the screen completely froze and the screen’s ...
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During Dictionary Attack, how can I Capture the attempted usernames and passwords?

I have several nefarious individuals attempting to gain access to my servers constantly with VNC, presumably using some kind of dictionary attack against the password. Is there a way to get a log of ...
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What are these two "Dialup Device"s that suddenly appeared on my Macbook Pro?

Today I have realized that there are two weird additions to the list of Network Devices on my Macbook Pro (High Sierra). It kind of freaks me out especially because of the weird non-latin characters ...
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Somebody with chinese username (hacker?) writes files into folder "users", what's going on?

I'm the single user of my personal MacBook (macOS High Sierra 10.13.3 (17D102)), using it only inside my single apartment, not inside a network, not connected to anything beside my router, and a user ...
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How would I know if I’ve been hacked on a iphone 7+ [closed]

How do I know if my iPhone 7+ was hacked an what was used to hack i
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AppleScript - echo into openssl AES encryption - is there a way to crack/snoop thru logs?

Don't know if this question is better off here, or in the Linux world...but I need a decent answer.. :) I am using Applescript to pull data from fields in a spreadsheet or database, shove them ...
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Help with VNC (via school Wi-Fi) without consent? Opsec

I'm in a tough situation and am hoping you can help me out. As a student in California, USA, our teachers sometimes require us to sign on to the school's wireless network. Supposedly, they have an ...
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How vulnerable is 10.6 Snow Leopard to hacking?

My 2007 Mac Mini is used as a TV media device, for watching free-to-air TV channels and Youtube. It cannot be upgraded past 10.6.8. I read somewhere that older OS X can be vulnerable to unnoticed ...
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Does Apple provide notifications if device is hacked

I recently used an app that was for live wallpapers and then got a pop up that made a beeping sound (like the typical bomb from movies). I read some reviews of the app which describe the message as a ...
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OSX High Sierra - Files and Folders show as empty/invisible in Finder, but are still there

I am running the latest version of High Sierra. Both my user Library/Application Support and main Library/Application Support are completely empty when opened in Finder (see screenshot). I was asked ...
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Can I modify defaults to get a website to popup when I hold down a letter on the keyboard?

You know how if you hold down 'i' on the keyboard you get î, ï, í, ī, į, and ì by selecting from number 1-6, well, what if I want, say, for example, igloo.com to pop up as a seventh option when I hold ...
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How can I tell if someone logged in to my macOS Sierra?

It seems as though the activity in my Console has been deleted. Is this possible? There is no data before the login that led me here tonight.
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Why do I have two Guest Users?

I'm kind of worried about the macOS (10.13 High Sierra) installed on my computer. I restarted my computer because it was misbehaving with Reminders (I logged out and in to iCloud to see if Continuity ...
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Will the iPhone X be innoculated against Blueborne?

I will definitely be purchasing an iPhone X when it is released, it looks like the greatest iPhone ever invented, however some folks I've talked to who really dislike Macs have stated that all iOS ...
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How can I check if my iCloud email address or Apple ID has been compromised?

We have 8 Apple IDs made up of 4 iCloud email addresses and 4 other email addresses. Is there an Apple service or other way for me to check if any of these addresses have been hacked?
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Iphone 7 Blocking numbers mysteriously

I’m having an issue with my iPhone 7 and I believe it’s been compromised. One of the phone numbers in my phone was mysteriously blocked and one happens to be the one phone number that shouldn’t be ...
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Can you tell if your Mac computer is infested with malware from the CIA?

On March 23rd 2017, news of the CIA having possibly infesting Mac computers with malware have been released by WikiLeaks. "DarkSeaSkies" is "an implant that persists in the EFI firmware of an ...
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