I have been trying to figure this out on my own and i'm coming up with nothing. I don't know a lot about phones so I was hoping someone on here could give me some feedback:
I got a new galaxy s6. When I called att one day to ask a question about my new phone and transferring contacts...they said I could download a cloud app to transfer over everything from my iphone to new android. I started noticing something was going on with my new phone after that...when it would close out of apps by itself. Calls would hang up. Echoing or hard to hear person on other end sometimes. Sometime every call I would make within a span of 10 minutes would say it had been forwarded with no voicemail.... just silence. It would highlight and Copy my passwords I would type in to clipboard without me even touching the screen, etc. Then one day it kept showing my current location was at this girls house who my ex was seeing while we were dating. I've never been there. I wasn't even close. ok so maybe it was a mock location(no idea what that entails) I would log onto instagram... and my account had unfollowed a bunch of people. I decided to change my gmail account and create a new one. Change my passwords for all social media, etc. I thought maybe they put something on my phone so I wouldnt catch them. Ok whatever.Called att to do a factory reset remotely. He even said it was weird bc it would'nt let him for a good 5 minutes until finally it went through. Well other issues continued. I would do factory reset after factory reset and immediately get text message like "oh hi Boofs2988" "lolol HIII" right when I turned my phone back on got everything downloaded again. I Went to att and got a new phone sent to me bc it was still under warranty.
So a couple days later after I get my new phone I'm at home during a remote access day for work. I was watching game of thrones on my laptop. When I started getting these texts from peoples numbers I had just met, that didn't know me that well. "did you take off work today." "I love that tv show game of thrones." I was like this is weird. During this time I was having some issues at work with a couple coworkers. I started getting text messages from a few guys I sort of knew but we never talked about work. They would say "hows everything going today at work." "Do you get along with your coworkers?" "hows your living situation at home?" "Do you get along with your roommates." I'm like why the bleep are you asking about stuff like that. For awhile it seemed like all my contacts I was messaging would incorporate a bunny emoji. seriously wth. My mom sent me a text that had 3 emojis and the last was a box with an x in it. I asked her what the last emoji she sent me was and she said she only sent me 2.
Yes it sounds like paranoia but too many things keep happening that is strange. What i'm getting at is.... Is there a way someone can "man in the middle" my text messages? Listen in on my phone calls? Is there something particular I can look for on my phone that might show some spyware or remote access/webview? How would I remove it?
Also i'm not sure if this means anything but when I went to settings-about device-legal information-open source licenses the first 10 or so say things like bootloader, fake packages, or root/service contexts. Does that mean my phone is rooted?