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New Contributor
Posts: 6
Registered: ‎06-27-2009
My Device: Not Specified

Spyware detection and removal?

How do I find out if there is spyware on my Blackberry?  If there is, how do I remove it?
Elite I
Posts: 6,657
Registered: ‎01-14-2009
My Device: BlackBerry Z10
My Carrier: Telus

Re: Spyware detection and removal?

I'm highly doubtful that there's spyware on your BlackBerry.  It's next to impossible to install spyware on your BlackBerry (unless you maybe installed an app that's not legit). 

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Guru I
Posts: 16,194
Registered: ‎07-23-2008
My Device: Torch 9850/ Playbook
My Carrier: VerizonWireless

Re: Spyware detection and removal?

Hi ridehrd and welcome to the forums!

 

To be honest unless you are part of a BES network, it's really not worth it to infect single user phones.

Here is a knowledgebase article for you to read, it's pretty detailed and I thought it was worthwhile.

Click here: Blackberry smartphones and networks: Malware

 

I have been on the forums for over a year, I've read over 200K posts and have yet to see one user

with a virus! Smiley Wink

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Thanks,

 

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New Contributor
Posts: 6
Registered: ‎06-27-2009
My Device: Not Specified

Re: Spyware detection and removal?

Thanks for your thoughts.  Actually an article in Newsweek got me thinking about this.  Here's the link to the article:

 

http://www.newsweek.com/id/200878

 

Since no one has physical access to my Blackberry except me, I was mainly concerned about what my employer (my device is part of an "enterprise solution" at our company) might be doing to monitor me.

Guru I
Posts: 16,194
Registered: ‎07-23-2008
My Device: Torch 9850/ Playbook
My Carrier: VerizonWireless

Re: Spyware detection and removal?


ridehrd wrote:

Thanks for your thoughts.  Actually an article in Newsweek got me thinking about this.  Here's the link to the article:

 

http://www.newsweek.com/id/200878

 

Since no one has physical access to my Blackberry except me, I was mainly concerned about what my employer (my device is part of an "enterprise solution" at our company) might be doing to monitor me.


 


ridehrd wrote:

Thanks for your thoughts.  Actually an article in Newsweek got me thinking about this.  Here's the link to the article:

 

http://www.newsweek.com/id/200878

 

Since no one has physical access to my Blackberry except me, I was mainly concerned about what my employer (my device is part of an "enterprise solution" at our company) might be doing to monitor me.


Hi,

Thanks for the article from Newsweek!

Here is an excellent article from user Joolie  over on the Port3101 forums.

Click here:What can my BES Admin see on my BlackBerry handheld

Thanks,

 

Bifocals

 

 

 

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Elite I
Posts: 6,657
Registered: ‎01-14-2009
My Device: BlackBerry Z10
My Carrier: Telus

Re: Spyware detection and removal?

[ Edited ]

Even with the spyware tools mentioned in that story, someone would have to manually install such an application (although your workplace does have the ability to push applications to your phone via your BES connection, so your workplace could theoretically install such an application without you knowing).

 

The nice thing with BlackBerry is that all applications installed on your phone get listed in the Applications list (Options > Advanced Options > Applications), so it would be easy enough to see if anything strange was listed there.  Take a look though the list and if you're at all concerned about any of the items listed, do a search for the name of the application, or post it here and we can let you know if it's safe or not.

 

Smiley Happy

Message Edited by Krypto on 06-28-2009 08:37 PM

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New Contributor
Posts: 8
Registered: ‎02-17-2009
My Device: Not Specified

Re: Spyware detection and removal?

This link just came through on a security email list to which I subscribe, appears that when there is active participation by the service provider it's not impossible...

 

http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2009/07/blackberry-spies/

 

It's happened, at least once.  Horse is out of the barn, time to lock the doors!

New Contributor
Posts: 2
Registered: ‎07-20-2009
My Device: Not Specified

Re: Spyware detection and removal?

I was a member of one of the teams reverse engineering this spyware from Etisalat.  It's important to understand that if it weren't for the fact that the service provider was not prepared for the amount of registration calls it received from the newly installed application, the world never would have known about this threat.  I work for a company that specializes in security products for smartphones, BlackBerry included.  While there may not be an abundance of malware in the wild that affects BlackBerry, it's only a matter of time until the research begins to reveal vulnerabilities that will turn into malware.  To say that BlackBerry's can't get a virus, while it may be true today, is irresponsible when considering that it was only a handful of years ago that the same was being said about Linux or Mac.  Start researching and protecting yourself now.  If you're on this site, you're likely a poweruser of your BlackBerry.  That likely means that whether you are a part of a BES or an individual user, there is sensitive information sitting on your device right now and I can promise you there are people sitting next to you that want to get their hands on it....

 

 

New Contributor
Posts: 6
Registered: ‎06-27-2009
My Device: Not Specified

Re: Spyware detection and removal?

Interesting insight, and I'm sure that you're correct!

So what steps should I take now to protect myself? 

New Member
Posts: 3
Registered: ‎08-08-2011
My Device: Blackberry Curve
My Carrier: Rogers

Re: Spyware detection and removal?

Hello,

 

In response to your question... the main way to see if your blackberry is being monitored by spyware is when it turns on by itself when you're not using it.  Also, when you use the phone there is a click and when you look at the call log... it shows more than one phone icon (like a conference call). 

 

My blackberry curve was being monitored by "Trackwary.com".  It is a major violation :-(

 

I spoke with my provider (ROGERS) and they seem to think it's impossible for anyone to get access into your phone with your PIN unless they have the password too... THEY ARE WRONG!  I know first-hand...

 

Hope this helps to answer your question...