This article is about Mobile Hacking Tools.
Criminal syndicates are strategically adapting to changing times. An estimated 25% of all mobile devices worldwide are reported to be breached every month, according to SkyCure. This can be attributed to the rapidly growing variety of mobile hacking tools. After all, most crime syndicates know that an increasing number of users around the world are spending more time using their mobile devices on a regular basis.
Most cybercriminals use these mobile hacking tools to distribute malware and adware. SkyCure claims that these mobile device security breaches primarily involve intrusions by malicious apps and potentially unwanted programs. In the US, Lookout reported that malware and adware infiltrations across widely used mobile devices have been steadily increasing since 2014 to at least 75% of reported cases annually.
Mobile Hacking Tools/Apps:
Many of these mobile hacking tools are digital programs. Some are packaged as tools to extend device functionality or bypass security protocols in paid software products. Others are secretly distributed along with unauthorized applications and content downloads.
These mobile hacking tools are developed to inject malicious programs and potentially unwanted applications into the user’s mobile device. These can steal private user inputs and confidential data from a compromised device, wireless or mobile network. Some may also allow the operators of these hacking tools to take control of your device without your consent.
These programs are secretly initialized when the OS starts. Some are designed to detect an Internet connection on a compromised device before secretly activating its main payload.
Most of these malware applications are designed to remain undetected by basic mobile security protocols. These protocols include online security and web privacy tools that are mostly implemented in their products by device manufacturers, operating system and application development companies.
Once the malicious program secretly records information from a user’s mobile device, these stolen details are covertly transmitted to cloaked web networks. These servers are run by these criminal groups. Many of these criminals deploy more sophisticated social hacking operations through these malicious programs to steal your personal information, financial information, and confidential data.
Mobile hacking device
Other criminal syndicates develop or modify certain mobile hardware tools. They implement functionality into these mobile devices to inject malware into the compromised device. It is usually designed to covertly gain access or break into secure wireless networks, cellular transmissions, and stand-alone mobile devices.
Some of these devices are wireless sniffing tools. These can be used by a hacker to bypass an area to intercept signals from wireless or cellular networks and stand-alone devices with weak security protocols. These are designed to stealthily insert malware items that can secretly record user input and listen to message communications on unsuspecting users’ networks and devices.
These details are stolen and transmitted to pre-configured web servers or to the mobile hacking tool itself. These are then used to facilitate further illegal activities of these criminal syndicates.
Some local criminals also reportedly use mobile and wireless signal jammers with mobility features to carry out armed robberies at homes and commercial premises. These mobile hacking tools can control wireless and cellular signals of devices in a given area, thereby blocking outgoing and incoming calls, messaging, and internet connections.
How to prevent mobile hacker attacks
You need to be aware of these threats. After all, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, as they say. So here are some of the most common types of these malware apps, potentially unwanted programs and mobile hardware hacking devices that these criminal syndicates use to prey on mobile users worldwide:
The biggest mobile threats of 2016
- Mobile Adware pop-ups – These unwanted programs continue to plague many iOS users in the US, Canada, Australia, and the UK. Many iOS users in Germany, France and Japan also fall victim to these adware pop-ups every month.
Scammers use these mobile adware pop-ups for their ransomware and fake tech support campaigns, which are multi-billion dollar industries, according to several systems security groups. These pop-ups scare iOS users into thinking their devices are being hacked or infected with non-existent malware.
Users are then forced by these adware pop-ups to call a toll-free number to remove the fake threats. When users call, they are sometimes tricked into thinking they are talking to legitimate Apple representatives or popular iOS app development companies.
Of course, these scammers charge exorbitant fees just to remove these adware pop-ups. They disguise this as a service fee for their technical support expertise and trick users into thinking they are getting premium support services from Apple Verified Representatives or other popular third-party iOS app development groups.
Many of these hackers trick users into revealing their credit card information, personal information, and other financial information. These are then mostly used for fake identity packages that are sold to other criminals on the Dark Web. Most of these buyers use these packages for illegitimate activities such as money laundering operations and to purchase prohibited items such as illegal porn, firearms, drugs, etc.
- Mobile Spyware Programs – Many criminal syndicates reverse engineer legitimate mobile apps with features to track user activity on a mobile device. They implement self-service features into these legitimate programs. Some valid mobile apps that these criminal syndicates are counterfeiting include child monitoring tools with parental controls, security camera apps, and employee monitoring programs for private organizations.
These mobile spyware apps are designed by these criminal syndicates with features to listen in on calls, control cameras, log communications and steal stored data from the user’s mobile device. These stolen details are then transmitted to masked web server networks operated by these hackers. They use these stolen details for other illegal activities.
- Wireless Sniffers & Signal Jammers – Many crime syndicates reverse engineer legitimate cellular signal boosters from trusted hardware manufacturers. They then integrate functions into these rigged devices, successfully turning them into wireless sniffers and signal jammers with mobility capabilities.
Most of these mobile hacking devices are capable of penetrating wireless or cellular networks and standalone devices with misconfigured network options. Many hackers are also able to access networks and independently devices with zero to minimal security devices and programs. Others use social hacking tactics such as calling unsuspecting users, sending SMS and IM (instant messages) to open or weaken security protocols before using these tools to hack into a user’s device or network.
Now that you know the top mobile threats of 2016, you can better prepare your mobile devices and home or office networks for these malicious apps and hacking devices. You should also prepare yourself for possible social hacking tactics. Here are a few things to remember:
- You should properly configure the built-in network security and privacy options on the website. Deploy network security devices such as a firewall for your router and offline storage devices for your confidential data. Install and properly configure system security applications. Do the same for your mobile device. Keep in mind that the most vulnerable security links, as recently reported by the CyberEdge group, are mobile devices. This means that hackers want to exploit this vulnerability to break into your wireless or mobile network and stand-alone devices.
- You should also properly configure the security settings and content sharing options of your online social media accounts. The CyberEdge Group also stated in a recent report that social media accounts are the second weakest security link today. Remember that most of your social media account details are stored in your mobile device’s social apps, making it easy for cybercriminals to access your device, personal information, confidential information, and home or office networks without your consent.
- Don’t fall for social hacking tactics. Never click on links in emails, SMS and instant messages from unknown sources. Exercise due care when opening and activating content downloaded from the website. These can be disguised as legitimate downloads. Be wary of calls and social media requests from strangers. Also, be sure to carefully check link URLs and email addresses of known senders before clicking on those links or replying to those emails. Many hackers use phishing scams to steal your private data, financial information and other personally identifiable details. They use domains and email addresses that many may mistake for legitimate domains and email addresses of their service providers, companies, family, friends and colleagues.
By following these techniques, you can strengthen the security of your mobile device and home or office networks against these mobile hacking tools and malicious apps. So share these tips with your mobile contacts and help them avoid becoming one of those poor victims whose records are now part of the 1,023,108,267 reported compromised records worldwide since 2014 in the Breach Level Index.