Stolen photos & unknown acsess

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Me & my spouse have sent private photos to each other. We are still together and the photos have never been sent anywhere else. Yesterday several of my family members reached out to me. They had received anonymous bot generated emails that spoke nasty of me and had some of these photos included. How is this possible? They have never been posted publicly or to any site or email. They were sent directly from my line app to his. Both of our phones are password protected and no one else lives with us to access them. I do not know how this happened.


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Line messenger & gmail
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  • ToddN2000
    It may be the app or if you have theses images backed up to the cloud you may have a virus randomly sending your cloud pictures. There was an article that explained that even thought it is encrypted it's still not totally safe. IT can still be hacked by 3rd party software at the developers  servers. 
     https://citizenlab.ca/2017/08/linesecurity/

    “One is that a well-designed end-to-end encryption protocol should have the property that if both the sender and receiver delete the message, there should be no way to recover it even if their private keys and devices are compromised,” he says. “LINE does not have this property, and so deleting LINE messages does not give the assurances that it should.”  

    This means there’s the possibility that even deleted messages could be retrieved by a third-party who has access to LINE’s servers, presenting a security threat.

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  • Lostandconfused86
    We both have Androids and neither of us use a cloud. 
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  • ToddN2000
    If this is a new problem it may be a recently loaded app is causing problems or someone is hacked the Line messenger database. When downloading apps on an Android phone, do you see what they ask for permissions to sometimes? They want full access to your phone when they don't need it. I have loaded a few game apps and when they want me to give them access to my contacts and photo albums that sends up a red flag to me. Why do they need it? I just want to play a game.. Click accept and give them access to my life?? NO WAY.. 

    Seeing as this is a foreign based company (outside the US), their security for their database my or may not be help under the same rules and regulations. There may even be prying eyes in the company. This may make it a more attractive target for hackers. Part of the reason is the type of transactions being exchanged are usually be done on these apps to stay under the radar. Mostly for possible illegal or sensitive communication the user may not want exposed but hackers would love to get their hand on and expose.  
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  • Lostandconfused86
    This was far more targetedbthen a random hacker accessing my private files. My contacts/family were contacted through gmail. Do mine who knows enough about me to target me in this manner. How would that be possible? Could i or my spouse have downloaded something and would that have given them access? From the research ive done, it said without a cloud backup android are almost impossible to gain access to without physically touching the phone. Am I missing something?
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  • ToddN2000
    Giving an app access opens the door to what ever they want to do with you data, pictures, contacts... It may be possible that your  account was just hacked by not using a secure password or by someone who wants to hurt you. They may even know you. Never uses names of anything you may post to social media like the names of your kids, pets. Like fluffy73, your pet and birth year. That gives hackers a starting point. They just key in these names and any numbers or special dates into a program that randomly goes through every possible combination until they crack your password. Once in they can ruin your life. Never use the same password on multiple sites either... If they found one that works then they try email sites, and send emails that look lije they were sent by you. (check your sent folder to see if they originated from your phone). Then they will try banking sites to gain financial information  and others popular sites. If you gave the app access and your phone is on, it's like they are there with your phone.No cloud needed for access to your personal photos, you gave the app access to your photo album when you clicked accept in order to use the app.
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  • TheRealRaven
    Add your reply...We both have Androids and neither of us use a cloud.

    If you use GMail through Android, you're very likely using a 'cloud'. We'd need to review both actual phones in order to be certain that you aren't.

    Millions (billions?) of GMail accounts have been compromised. A compromised account will give access to e-mail address book plus all e-mails that were ever sent or received (including any attachments). In itself, this nothing to do with your phones except that you use your phone to access GMail.

    As for LINE itself, who knows? Anything is possible. At this time, it seems to be reasonably secure and safe if it's a fairly current release. Compromises have happened, but the past couple years seem clean.

    In order for you to send anything through any app, you must give permission to the app to access parts of your phone. Once permissions are active, the app (and anything that controls that app) might do anything with those areas, e.g., photos and contacts.

    In short, it might be one phone or both. It might be GMail. It might be LINE. Or it might be any number of other things. Without having your phones, we can't tell from here.
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  • Subhendu Sen
    Several family members knew this fact. Are they staying with you under one roof? Or they are staying another home nearby? Are you sure, there is nothing wrong?
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  • Subhendu Sen
    For your kind information, a years ago, Line app added some security features. But it didn't seem to be that much successful. But recently, Line app is planning to launch an end-to-end encryption in it's messaging app just like Whatsapp. Which is called 'Letter sealing'.
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