Android device hacking tricks and countermeasures

Source of Publication

2016 IEEE International Conference on Cybercrime and Computer Forensic, ICCCF 2016


© 2016 IEEE. Cybercrimes have increased against Android devices due to the increased usage of Instant Messaging, Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and Webcam Applications that are built into the Android device, resulting in invasion of the victim's privacy. The existing studies demonstrate how to utilize the vulnerabilities of the Android device; however, none have proposed a comprehensive study highlighting the hacking tricks and their countermeasures. This study demonstrates how to discover and fully control the Android device using existing tools. Furthermore, it proposes a novel GPS Tracking Application. The purpose of this research is twofold: 1. To demonstrate how to disclose the victim's sensitive information after performing diverse hacking tricks; and 2. To implement countermeasures for each Android hacking tricks. The author believe that such a scenario is needed for implementing awareness among Android device users. Also, it shows Android and Instant Messaging Application developers to mitigate existing vulnerabilities, thereby enhancing security levels.

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Conference Proceeding



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Author First name, Last name, Institution

Khulood Al Zaabi, Zayed University