Hack Android Remotely with Ghost Framework [Step-by-Step]


As technology continues to advance, so do the ways in which hackers are able to perform android hacking on victims. One such method of attack is through the use of Android hacking frameworks, and one of the most popular of these frameworks is Ghost. In this article, we will explore what Ghost is, how it works, and the PC requirements needed to run it.

Ghost is an open-source Android hacking framework that provides a wide range of capabilities to its users. With Ghost, a hacker is able to gain access to a target device, extract data from the device, and even control the device remotely. This framework is highly versatile and is capable of being used in a variety of different situations, from simple data extraction to more complex hacking scenarios.

One of the main benefits of Ghost is its user-friendly interface. The framework is designed to be easy to use, even for individuals who do not have extensive hacking experience. This makes it an accessible tool for both professional hackers and hobbyists alike. Ghost comes with a variety of tools and modules that can be used to carry out different types of attacks. These include:

  • A keylogger that can record keystrokes made on the target device
  • A remote access tool that allows for control of the target device
  • A password cracker that can be used to gain access to password-protected accounts
IMPORTANT NOTE:
It is important to note that any form of hacking without proper authorization and consent is not only unethical but also illegal in many countries. It can result in severe legal consequences, including imprisonment and fines. Therefore, it is highly recommended to use any hacking tool or framework only for legal and ethical purposes with proper authorization and consent from the owner of the target system. It is also important to take full responsibility for any consequences that may arise from using such tools or frameworks.

To run Ghost, users will need a PC with the following requirements:

 

Requirements

  • A 64-bit operating system ( Linux)
  • At least 4 GB of RAM
  • A minimum of 10 GB of space
  • A modern CPU (Intel Core i3 or better)
  • A target device (In this guide we will be attacking a target device we created on a virtual android hacking lab).

In this guide, we will be running Ghost framework on a Kali Linux PC.

Once the PC requirements have been met, users can download Ghost from the official GitHub repository and begin using the framework. To download the framework using the command line you run the below command.

git clone https://github.com/EntySec/Ghost

After the download is complete, you navigate into Ghost’s folder and create a virtual environment using the below commands.

cd Ghost

virtualenv env

You can now activate the virtual environment and run the setup file to install Ghost on our PC.

source env/bin/activate

python3 setup.py

After the installation is complete, you can now run Ghost android hacking framework to start to launch an attack on an android device remotely via ADB. Still, you first need to enable wireless ADB on your target device.

To run Ghost ensure you have the particular virtual environment activated then run the below command.

android hacking

When the framework is launched, we can be able to view the commands available on Ghost which can be used in android hacking as shown in the image below.

android hacking

NOTE:

Remote ADB is available for devices running on Android 11 or higher. You can check this guide on how to enable ADB on an android device.

 

View connected ADB devices

To view devices, connected via ADB, you can run the below command in the terminal. As shown in the image below, we can see that we have a device connected to our PC via ADB. We will be using this device hence we need to connect to the device.

android hacking

 

Connecting to available devices

On the Ghost framework, you have to connect to the target device. Using Ghost we run connect command as shown in the image below. You can see the device is connected below.

connect <IP ADDRESS>:<PORT>

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Interacting with available devices

Now we are connected to the target device, we can now start android hacking. Ghost framework has different commands to help us interact with the connected devices. You can type help to view the available commands for use on the framework. In the below image, we can see the available commands to use to interact with target devices.

android hacking

To view devices connected on Ghost framework during android hacking we run the devices command. As shown in the image below, we can see the connected devices.

android hacking

In this guide, we want to interact with the target device and start android hacking. The device we will attack has ID 0 on the devices list. In the image below, we can use the interact command to be able to send commands to the specific target device while performing android hacking using Ghost framework.

android hacking

After we are connected we can type the help command to view the commands available for us to use to interact with the connected device. The commands are grouped under various categories we have core, settings and management commands as shown in the below image.

android hacking

 

Using shell command for android hacking

While using Ghost framework for android hacking, you can be able to run shell commands but you have to add shell at the start of the command. We can try to run several shell commands on the connected device as shown in the images below.

listing directories  

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Print current working directory

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printing process status

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Conclusion

In conclusion, Ghost is a powerful Android hacking framework that provides a wide range of capabilities to its users. With its user-friendly interface and versatile toolset, it is an accessible tool for both professional hackers and hobbyists. However, it is important to use Ghost ethically and responsibly and to only use it on devices that you own or has permission to access. Ghost framework can also be used to remotely bypass the android lock screen as we learnt in an earlier guide.

 

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Kennedy Muthii

He is an accomplished professional proficient in Python, ethical hacking, Linux, cybersecurity, and OSINT. With a track record including winning a national cybersecurity contest, launching a startup in Kenya, and holding a degree in information science, he is currently engaged in cutting-edge research in ethical hacking. You can connect with him on LinkedIn.

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