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Are Robocalls/Telemarketers tracking my computer use?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by jcollege, Oct 9, 2014.

  1. jcollege

    jcollege Newbie

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    This is a weird question, but for the past year or more, I seem to be getting robocalls or telemarketing calls at the exact time (1) my computer is turned on or (2) I am logging into e-mail or (3) if I am posting on a messageboard

    Its too much of a coincidence, so I might have a virus or malware that is alerting botnets when my computer is turned on. I don't know if these robocalls are tied to survelliance activities. Or if some Ad-tracking company has downloaded malware onto my computer just so they can send out Robocalls.

    Has anyone else experienced this with tons of Robocalls/Telemarketers that is tied to your computer usage and activity?
     
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    The Scarlet Pimp Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    get a rootkit checker and see if your pc is leaking data online.
     
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    BHopkins Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    Interesting theory...you could reinstall your OS and see if you still get the calls.
     
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    I have the same problem. I only get calls when I'm in the bathroom, or about to put some food into my mouth.
     
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    Literally made me laugh. I have the same problem when I'm about to get in the shower. I kid you not, I hear my phone ringing, but it's always in my mind.
     
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  6. jcollege

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    I sometimes hear ringing in the shower. But it is just the acoustics of the water, that cause a ringing sound.

    As for the robocalls, I was thinking if I am logged into something like Skype or IM, then Ad-trackers can see when I am online or active. I used to use Yahoo, but now I stopped using yahoo mail.

    I noticed that Yahoo has a strong Ad-tracking cookies that follow you even after logging out of Yahoo mail. So whenever I logged into Yahoo Mail, or logged-off of Yahoo mail, I would immediately get robo-calls.

    I also found some "app data cookies" from Microsoft that my AVG caught.