This Android App Makes It Simple for Anyone to Hack Into Your Phone

That Android sucks at security is not a new news, but that hackers are now better equipped certainly is. As now there is an app that basically lets anyone without even coding knowledge can create an Android ransomware.

And now that can be done on any Android phone.

ZDNet recently reported about a new  TDK  that can be used to create to create an Android trojan app straight into an Android phone that does not require any complex code creation. In other words, anyone can now have destructive and criminal powers, bully us for ransom money with the help of any Android phone.

The free Trojan Development Kit (TDK) app can be downloaded from hacking forums. It has a simple interface with which you can create your own ransomware.

“The entire process of creating a ready-to-use piece of malware is done on a smartphone without any requirement to write a single line of code,” Dinesh Venkatesan, Principal Threat Analysis Engineer at Symantec explained.

The app requires you follow instructions and fill out forms to customise your malware appear on display or lock screen, along with unlock options and animations on the screen.

As you hit the ‘create’ button, a one-time payment to the app developer is done onward and the user can distribute the ransomware.

Umbrella Corporation anyone?

It locks the device and displays a message to the victim demanding a ransom. To boost your imagination a little more Venkateshan has also recently said so:

“Even hardened malware authors could find these easy-to-use kits an efficient alternative to putting the work in themselves. We expect to see an increase in mobile ransomware variants as these development kits become more widespread,”

Compared to Android, iOS is better in case of these attacks, if you hate Android, Saurabh advised that Windows Mobile is a good choice if you must have privacy.

To stay safe from these attackers, I would advise you to think carefully before installing apps from outside of Google’s own Play Store.

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  • Ole I. Christensen

    “Thanks” for spreading the word.. 😖

  • Adrian Vovk

    > That Android sucks at security is not a new news
    That is completely false. Android gives you possibilities, and it the person using it is stupid, well.. The most secure encryption algorithm in the world won’t protect your data if your password is ‘password12345’. Same thing with the article you linked. Android gives you the ability to use custom VPNs (great for businesses and ultra-secure if set up right. In fact, VPNs are made for security), and if some people download a free VPN thinking that it won’t listen on their data, they are just uninformed.

    > Compared to Android, iOS is better in case of these attacks
    Sure, but not for the reasons you think. Attacks are less rampant because iPhones don’t have the same market share as Android’s. That’s why macOS is “virus proof”. It’s just not as profitable to make malware for it when more people have Windows. Also, iOS is not much more secure either. iPhone enthusiasts who jailbreak their device crack the security of every version of iOS to get full root access to the system.

    Next up, the issue at hand. As you said in the article, just don’t install apps from outside the play store (unless it is a trusted source like GitHub/ApkMirror/An app’s official site). It’s that simple. Again, a computer is only as smart as the person using it, and if someone installs malware on their phone then it is their fault, not the system’s. If people installed iOS apps outside of the app store as much as people install apps outside of the play store, the same thing would happen there. People click through security warnings, get attacked, and then blame the system.

    About the malware making app, Android is a system like anything else. If you try hard enough, the same thing can be recreated on iOS with some custom libraries.

    In short, Android is not “insecure” as it is usually thought to be, it is just more popular and hence more targeted. Sites like this one that spread such rumours are the reason Apple gets to sell it’s hardware for a higher price for a false sense of security.

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