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    For over a year now, my friend John and I have been trying to be able to talk on the phone. That shouldnt be so difficult, but weve had a huge problem. For a long-winded reason which I wont get into here, John has been a huge target of interest to some people or person (maybe hackers, maybe government, we dont actually know who). The problem is this - he gets absolutely bombarded with phone calls and text messages from random numbers. Hes even had one from his ex-wifes number, which we later determined wasnt actually her, it was spoofed. The text messages are usually very cryptic english, horribly broken grammatically, almost like a code or something. He doesnt answer the phone for numbers he doesnt recognize, so we dont know what the person/people on the other end would be saying if he answered. No voicemails are left. So, the obvious solution is to change his phone number.which hes done over a dozen times by now. He just switched from Android to iPhone, and has also tried blocking his caller ID, such that I wont see his phone number when he calls me. That strategy has seemed to work, no more weird phone calls or texts! He finally decided it would be ok to try unblocking his caller ID when he calls me (hoping that the switch to iPhone was enough to resolve the problem), but almost immediately after the first phone call to me with callerID showing, he started getting bombarded with weird calls and texts again! So, it seems apparent to me that Im the one whos somehow hacked. He and I are in the process of installing good VPN and Phone Call encryption apps (were still deciding which, we're leaning toward [redacted] for VPN, and [redacted] for phone calls), I'm also going to change my iCloud password, incase that's how I'm being hacked, if he/she/they are simply looking at my address book. I decided to make this post as well, as those measures would just be a shot in the dark, and Id really like to know if/how were being compromised, so we can know if there are other measures we can take to finally put a stop to this. Hes tired of changing his phone number, and itd be nice if he didnt need to permanently block his caller ID (not to mention, I believe the Signal app may not work for calls if the caller ID is blocked, I'm not sure). Im willing to change my phone number too, but would rather not have to do it a million times for trial and error. Im AT&T, using iPhone, and hes Verizon, using iPhone. We constantly hear echoes, clicks, get disconnected, digital audio artifacts, and weird sounds. Any thoughts, advice, or links to relevant articles would be greatly appreciated!
    Last edited by Just_Me_D; 07-24-2016 at 02:44 PM.
    07-24-2016 02:23 PM
  2. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    1. Change your phone number
    2. Change your passcode for any device, app and service that require one.
    3. Restore your iPhone and set it up as new. Make a backup first, please!
    4. Contact local police for safety tips.
    07-24-2016 02:46 PM
  3. tomd2372's Avatar
    Thank you. I'll be sure to do all those steps.

    I just changed my iCloud password too, and enabled 2-factor authentication. Strangely, when I sign a device in, it asks for confirmation (the 2nd factor) two extra times, I think that seems fishy, I've said "don't allow" for the latter two times.
    07-24-2016 03:01 PM

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