A 13-year-old girl on holidays in Noosa had her phone remotely hacked last week by an unknown person believed to be from another country.
A 13-year-old girl on holidays in Noosa had her phone remotely hacked last week by an unknown person believed to be from another country. Contributed

Terrifying teen hack and track

PEOPLE are being warned about cyber crime after last week a Victorian tourist holidaying in Noosa had her phone remotely accessed by an unknown person.

Noosa police were called to a complaint from the family of the 13-year-old victim on October 4.

Officer-in-Charge Senior Sergeant Ben Carroll said the day prior, the teenager stated she began receiving messages on her mobile in what appeared to be badly hand written text.

"We believe the suspect may have accessed GPS data on the phone as they sent messages to the victim about the location she was in such as her hotel or a certain beach," Snr Srg Carroll said.

"The suspect appeared able to listen to conversation around the phone and asked questions about people's names."

Messages sent to the girl allegedly included "We are coming for you", "If you go in the water I will get you" and "I'm 5 minutes away".

"We believe the young female may have unwittingly downloaded an App or a virus which has enabled full third party access to her mobile phone."

Believed to be from another country, the suspect accessed the camera, played music through the phone and any paired speakers, used an Apple translator to speak in an electronic voice and possibly accessed her contact list.

Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network told the victim to reset her phone to its factory settings and advised not storing social media and banking password on the phone.

Snr Srg Carroll said the best prevention is to turn off location, camera and microphone settings in apps unless necessary and to make sure all online accounts are set to private.