A Texoma Man's Android Phone Hacked And Picture Taken In Bedroom

A Texoma Man's Android Phone Hacked And Picture Taken In Bedroom

Wichita Falls, TX - A Texoma man recently became the latest person to have his phone hacked while using an app. Newschannel 6 first told you about issues with Android phones being hacked earlier this year.

We talked with a Wichita Falls man who told us his phone was hacked and his picture was taken while he was in his bedroom.

In July, Google acknowledged an estimated 950 million Android phones worldwide could be hacked with a simple text.

"I was laying in bed and my phone, right there, took a picture," said Daryl Hayward, a Wichita Falls man whose Android phone was hacked.

Sunday afternoon, Daryl Hayward, was doing what he loves best, reading and looking at videos of wrestling on the WWE wrestling app. When using the app his Android device was hacked, not through text but through a pop-up within the app.

"A picture of a girl showed up and every time I got in my wrestling federation app she'd float," said Daryl, describing a pop-up that would appear.

After seeing it for some time, Daryl says he tried to close it out or clear it from his screen and then this happened.

"It says I downloaded porn, child porn, downloaded videos, I downloaded music, and I scrolled down and it said please pay $500 to Paypal," said Daryl.

His phone then locked up and hackers told him they would unlock his phone within 48 hours of them receiving the money.

Daryl told Newschannel 6 he knew something wasn't right, because of the amount of memory required to download videos to his phone and his data plan.

"I tell you what, if I did everything they said on this phone, there wouldn't have been a warning. The FBI would have come told me personally. The FBI don't collect money on a phone," said Daryl.

Daryl says he couldn't visit Metro PCS, his phone provider to report it because when it happened, it was a Sunday and they were closed. Instead, he had a couple of friends take a look and helped him reset his phone and resolved the issue.

To avoid your Android device being hacked, cyber security experts suggest you keep your software up to date, run an anti-virus program, only download apps you know and trust from the Google Play Store, and lastly if you get a Google warning, don't install the app.

Jimmie Johnson, Newschannel 6