Weird iPhone behavior: virus? Malware? Hacked? Punked?
September 17, 2013 9:56 AM Subscribe
Why is my iPhone doing these things?
posted by mai to computers & internet (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
As we were drifting to sleep, my husband and I were awakened by strange tones of music that sounded like some sort of phone alert but did not sound like any of our recognizable phone alerts. We got up and checked our phones. Mine was in iTunes when I turned the screen on - weird but since I don't have any music on my phone, seemingly not the cause of the noise.
My alarm had previously been set to 7:20 am. We went to sleep and were awakened at 7:30 by *the Candy Crush Saga opening screen music*. Which is recognizable to both of us since we both play. However, I never downloaded the game to my phone, only to my iPad. And I recently deleted it. And it opened itself on my phone.
Next to its icon on my phone desktop was a bookmark linking to Ask Metafilter questions in the health and fitness category. I also did not put that bookmark there.
So now I am thoroughly confused. I went to my alarm clock app to see why it hadn't gone off at 7:20 and found alarms enabled for 12:22 AM and another evening time which I can't recall, both set to play alarm tones that I did not recognize. I never put alarms for these times in my phone.
I went to my browser and found that Yahoo was now the default search instead of google. And all my previously opened browser tabs were gone and replaced by spammy-seeming yahoo ad pages.
So, how did all of this happen? I am tempted to think my husband or another of my housemates got into my phone and was playing a prank on me, but how would they set Candy Crush to open and play music on its own? If this is a prank, it seems too random to be funny. Is this some sort of malware? Can anyone explain what's happening?
iPhone 5 if it matters, running iOS 6, plugged into a wall charger at the time all this happened.