September 12, 2021

Understand iPhone’s contact list hack

Yesterday my mom got a WhatsApp message from someone on her (iPhone) contact list, claiming to be me, asking for money. Typical…

But what I don’t understand is: the hacker managed to add a new number to my contact o my mom’s phone. Extremely unlikely done manually by someone with access to the phone).

What I think is a side effect of the hack: my contact which was something like ‘Firstame’ only, became ‘.LASTNAME’ (including the dot) with Notes: ‘Name: Firstname’

So on my understanding, the hacker sneaked a fake number on my contact on my mom’s phone to gain credibility. But neither I can tell how he knew I was her son.

Any ideas?

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