Android has an app for everything. If you are a network administrator, professional pen tester, or someone who is aspiring to be a white hat hacker, you should learn basic and comprehensive scanning/testing on Android devices to gather information and find vulnerabilities. Here are some of the best Android hacking apps you can try. None of them require your Android phone to be rooted, which makes them easy to use for beginners. Also all of them work with the latest Android models.
1. Fing – Network Tools
Fing is a Play Store app that gives you a complete summary of what’s going on in your Wi-Fi network, all the logged-on devices, hidden cameras in the building, bandwidth usage, and more. With the bird’s eye view, you can set parental controls, block intruders, analyze ISP performance, and do port scanning on your network for a complete picture.
Apart from penetration testing on Android phones, Fing is a useful app to have to analyze the vulnerability of your routers. Some of the advanced features are available in the premium version, but the free version covers everything you need for a secure, stable network.
2. WPS Wi-Fi Checker Pro
Do you want to know how secure your Internet network is against sniffing attacks? WPS Wi-Fi Checker Pro is an app which uses WPS protocol to analyze the safety of your router pins. As soon as you install the app, it quickly populates your screen with nearby LAN networks. You can choose any one of them to analyze the strength of their PIN. If the PIN is correct, the Android device will automatically connect to the vulnerable network without the penetration tester needing to know the Wi-Fi password key.
Essentially, you get to eavesdrop on web activity on your network, making it a great tool for finding security vulnerabilities. While it’s technically not feasible to do such brute testing on most routers, there are some that ship with factory settings, and the app can easily connect to them.
3. Kali NetHunter
Originally designed to work only with Google Nexus devices, the popular hacking and penetration-testing Kali NetHunter by Offensive Security can actually be used on a huge range of supported Android devices, including OnePlus, Galaxy Tab, Sony Xperia, LG, and ZTE.
Kali NetHunter essentially installs an OS overlay on your Android device, turning your device into a pentesting tool for a relatively low memory usage. Using Nethunter, you can crack WEP keys and WPA keys and detect open ports on other devices as well.
Kali NetHunter is installed on any stock, unrooted Android device. It works with a range of Android exploits and metasploits supported by the regular Kali Linux interface on a PC. These include Wi-Fi frame injection, keyboard-hijacking and man-in-the-middle attacks, making it great for testing a wide variety of hacking methods.
4. zANTI Mobile Penetration Testing Tool
zANTI is one of the most popular Android hacking apps to identify and simulate real-world exploits and mobile attack techniques. With a single tap, zANTI can gather a boatload of information about any connected network or device. The gathered information can be used to determin whether the device or network is susceptible to any known vulnerabilities and perform MITM (Man in the Middle) attacks.
If needed, you can configure zANTI to send email reports of all the devices and data it collects at regular intervals. Though you can install zANTI on non-rooted devices, you need to have a rooted device to make use of all the power and features provided by the zANTI Android app.
5. Kayra the Pentester Lite
Kayra-the Pentester Lite is a free and open-source Play Store app that comes with several built-in Metasploit frameworks to check the vulnerability of your website by scanning for a broad range of threat. Out-of-the-box Kayra can map the local network, perform header scans, initiate dictionary attacks, forge TCP or UDP packets, detect open ports, take fingerprints of hosts’ operating systems, perform MITM (Man in the Middle) attacks, and much more.
Since the app comes bundled with the Metasploit framework, you can find security vulnerabilities for the network or connected devices, create shell consoles, and adjust exploit settings for better control. Your Android device does not need to be rooted to work with Kayra the Pentester.
For those looking for a complete toolbox with exhaustive penetration testing capabilities, Hackode is worth a try. It helps you gather useful information about other devices. Along with that, the app also has built-in networking tools like Google hacking, Google dorks, Reconnaisance, WHOIS lookup, TracerRoute, DNS Rig and more. Since the app doesn’t need a rooted Android device, if you don’t mind the app’s cheesy user interface, do give Hackode a try.
7. Network Mapper
Network Mapper is a powerful tool that makes use of the widely-used Nmap scanner in the background to map and scan the connected networks. Once you install the Network Mapper app from Play Store, it will automatically download and install the required Nmap binaries from the Internet and provide you with an easy-to-use GUI to perform scans. Using Network Mapper, you can do a comprehensive scan on the network to identify live hosts and gather a range of information, like open ports, network attributes, OS information, etc. The kind of tests performed vary from regular ones to ping, intense, slow, quick, and more.
Network Mapper works on both rooted and non-rooted devices. However, on non-rooted devices, the functionality is limited due to Android phone restrictions.
As you can tell from the name itself, tPacketCapture is a simple app to capture packets and data transferred over your network. Since tPacketCapture works by creating its own local VPN, it works equally on both rooted and non-rooted devices. The good thing about the tPacketCapture app is that it stores all the captured data in a PCAP file so that you can use powerful desktop tools like Wireshark for detailed analysis.
Sometimes as cyber security professionals, we need a means to visualize threats with real-time threat notifications. Darktrace is a leading app that uses AI algorithms, machine learning and other intuitive methods to automatically detect threats in physical, cloud, and virtualized networks – all from the comfort of your Android phone.
To use this app, you need to purchase access to Darktrace Enterprise immune System V3 and an IMAP email server. Whether it is unusual connectivity or unusual data transfers, Darktrace keeps track of visualizing all threats in your surroundings.
10. PortDroid – Network Analysis Kit & Port Scanner
PortDroid is a complete network analysis kit which contains many advanced functions to give you a complete penetration testing environment. From ping to port scanning, DNS lookup, and reverse IP lookup, the app works smoothly to keep you aware of everything going on in your network. Most of these features are supported in the free version but the Pro version gets you dark mode and a few more advanced features.
The above Android hacking apps are some of the best available. Do you have any particular apps in mind that are easy to use and perform reliable penetration testing? If you are new to penetration testing, first familiarize yourself with Kali Linux.