Did someone hack my smartphone?

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While typing an email in Gmail on my smartphone (LG android) a young woman only a few feet away was reading what I was typing on her smartphone (it was as if the screen on my smartphone was available on her smartphone). For the sake of brevity, the details aren't important. I just want to know how is it possible (as in hacking) for her to be able to access what I am doing on my smartphone on her smartphone? The only thing she was privy to was my cell number. I have Lookout Security on my smartphone. Thanks for any info you can give me.


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LG G Stylo (android smartphone)
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Hello,

     Are you really sure that it really happened ? Was it a real situation or you did a demo ? Generally it is difficult without the credentials. And with credentials also you need much more to replicate the screen.
Thanks
Yes, it really happened and it was not a demo.

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  • Kevin Beaver
    That's a great question! I'm not smart enough to answer it (sounds like there's something bigger going on) but you should certainly consider, at a minimum, doing a factory reset on your phone and changing all associated account passwords.
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  • Dev707
    Believe it or not, I got my answer tonight on "60 Minutes." They did a segment on smartphone hacking. And the answer is yes it can happen on any smartphone--any make or model, and the only thing the hacker needs is your cell number. It was a shocker segment.
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  • Subhendu Sen
    Be careful, don't make any financial transactions through your smartphone. Check all security aspects. However, smartphones have built-in mechanism to protect from virus/ other malfunctioning. Here anti-virus is not a matter. If possible, take all backups detach sim/memory card from your smartphone, then make a soft reset and see if this happens again.
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  • Dev707
    The 60 Minutes segment I saw said it had to do with "SS7" which is a connection all smartphones use worldwide. I don't know the right tech lingo to accurately describe it but the video was very clear that it could happen to anyone using a smartphone, and the hacker doesn't even need your cell phone number to do it, either.
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  • carlosdl
    A couple of messages back you said that the only thing needed was the phone number, now you say the number is not needed...
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  • carlosdl
    Here is the script, if someone is interested: Hacking Your Phone

    The video is available too, at least parts of it. Just google it.
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  • Dev707
    I saw a second 60 Minutes video (after I made my first comment) where a person's smartphone can be accessed without knowing the phone number through "SS7" which is a security "hole" in the world wide connection that all smartphones use. Here's the link to the 60 Minutes video: https://youtu.be/7bHEp3m4HkA (19 minutes). Thanks for your link, too!
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  • Dev707
    Here's the link to the video hyperlinked: "Bugged Hacked Tracked" 60 Minutes AU (19 minutes)
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